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Hayes museum to host Civil War medicine discussion

• Aug 6, 2018 at 12:22 PM

FREMONT — From treating life-threatening illnesses to amputating arms and legs, medicine of the Civil War era was often ineffective, sometimes dangerous and rather gory.

Local historian Mike Gilbert will discuss the medical practices of the time during a discussion at 4 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, located at Spiegel Grove at the corner of Hayes and Buckland Avenues, Fremont.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.

The medical field has made tremendous advancements since the Civil War. At that time, cholera could quickly spread and kill many people, and American surgeons generally did not believe in sanitizing their hands and instruments.

Gilbert’s talk complements the special exhibit, “In Search of Healing: Medical Practices of the 19th Century”, in the lower level of the Hayes Museum. Admission to the exhibit is included with a regular site pass or museum ticket. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums members are admitted for free.

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