It’s time to take a look at another one of my favorite artifacts!
I discovered that Dr. Ritter wrote a book to accompany his medical chests, "A Medical Manual and Medicine Chest Companion". Though it pretty much starts as an ad for his product, this book also contains a list of the medicines in the chest along with their uses and dosages, “recipes” for some of the remedies of the time, and a guide for treating various ailments.
Here’s what Dr. ... read more
One of the NMCWM’s recent donations is an original plate taken from the “Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies,” which is also referred to as the “War of the Rebellion Atlas.” This atlas was published by the Government Printing Office in Washington D.C. in 1895, and was compiled by Captain Calvin D. Cowles of the 23rd U.S. Infantry. It was published in 36 volumes, and contained 175 plates of maps, illustrations, and technical drawings from both ... read more
If there’s a little known hero of the Civil War, it has to be Dr. Jonathan Letterman. I was reminded of that recently when the founder of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Dr. Gordon Dammann, gave a lecture on Dr. Letterman and his Letterman Plan. Maybe you’ve never heard Dr. Letterman’s name before, but your life has probably been affected by his work. The Letterman Plan, which is a system for treating and evacuating casualties from battlefields, is the basis for many aspects ... read more