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Life and Limb the Toll of the American Civil War & Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries : African Americans in Civil War Medicine National Library of Medicine Exhibitions

Civil War Exhibits Speaker Dates

The library is  hosting five speaker events on Civil War medicine, all from 12-1pm in the Communicore Building. Please note the differing room numbers. All of these exhibits and events are free and open to the public – please join us

Dr. Guy Hasegawa, author of Mending Broken Soldiers: The Union and Confederate Programs to Supply Artificial Limbs

When: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Where: Room C1-3
What: Dr. Hasegawa will present on the economics, politics and health impact of the US’s fledgling prosthetics industry.

Dr. Margaret Humphreys, author of Intensely Human: The Health of the Black Soldier in the American Civil War

When: Friday, November 3
Where: Room C1-17

Dr. Mary Ellen Young, UF College of Public Health and Health Professions

Dr. Anthony Delisle, Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida, Gainesville

When: Wednesday, November 15 
Where: Room C1-17

What: Drs. Young and DeLisle will highlight the history of disability rights in the United States.

Dr. William Link, author of Southern Crucible: The Making of an American Region

When: Wednesday, November 29 
Where: Room C1-3
What: Dr. Link will discuss slavery in the context of the Civil War and its implications for African Americans through the Civil Rights Movement.

Civil War Exhibits at UF

From mid-October to mid-December, the Health Science Center Library will be hosting a variety of exhibits and programming on the theme of Civil War medicine. 

Be on the lookout for the following exhibits on the 1st floor of the library:


The Civil War revolutionized many aspects of American life, including national thinking about collective responsibility for vulnerable or special populations. Combat duty and injury/disease depleted the traditional ranks of healthy white males from labor/service, opening new opportunities for newly-emancipated blacks and increasing willingness to assure the well-being of these workers. The overwhelming number of citizen-veterans with long-term war-related disability resulted in the first pensions in the United States and the beginnings of a diversified rehabilitation (especially prosthetics) industry, while African Americans entered the health care and other careers previously not available to them.



The exhibit Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine examines the men and women who served as surgeons and nurses and how their role as medical providers challenged the prescribed notions of race and gender.



The exhibit  Life and Limb the Toll of the American Civil War explores the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict, in the years afterward, and their roles as symbols of a fractured nation.   


National Library of Medicine exhibit site

These exhibitions were developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health

Binding Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine
Curated by Jill L. Newmark

Designed by: Experience Design & Adler Display, Inc.

Life and Limb the Toll of the American Civil War 

Curated by Manon Parry, Ph.D

Designed by Riggs Ward Design

Special thanks to:

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

Images from the Exhibits





Image 1: Susie King Taylor, 1902 Courtesy East Carolina University

Image 2 : "The Civil War Surgeon at Work in the Field," Winslow Homer's heroic image of medical care in the chaos of the battlefield, 12 July 1862 Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Image 3: Infection in bullet wound, Surgical Memoirs of the War of the Rebellion, Vol 1, 1870 Courtesy National Library of Medicine

Image 4: Amputation kit, ca. 1870, Courtesy National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Image 5: Type of artificial leg invented by Samuel B. Jewett, 1869, Courtesy National Museum of Health and Medicine

Image 6: Collecting the remains of the dead, 1860s Courtesy Library of Congress

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