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Gangrene and Erysipelas

Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Time: 5:30 PM dinner, 6:00 PM lecture
Location: Rare Book Room
Contact Information: Rachel Ingold, 919-684-8549 or rachel.ingold(at)

Gangrene patient, ca. 1860s. From the National Library of Medicine.

Join the staff of the History of Medicine Collections for the next Trent History of Medicine/Bullitt History of Medicine Club lecture series. Shauna Devine, Ph.D. will present Science, Disease and Experimental Medicine: Gangrene and Erysipelas during the American Civil War, 1861-1865.

Dr. Devine is a historian of science and medicine and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Duke’s Department of History and Managing Editor of the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. She has won awards for her work on Civil War medicine including the H. N. Segall Award and the E. M. Wightman Thesis Award. Her forthcoming book, Civil War Medicine: The Transformation of American Medical Science in the Nineteenth Century, examines the development of scientific medicine during the American Civil War, and the impact of the War’s events on American medicine. She is currently researching projects on the Civil War South and human experimentation in the Civil War hospitals.

(Note: this image was used as a teaching aid in medical schools. Hence the hand-drawn arrow, indicating where this patient was wounded.)

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