An Early Civil War Treatise on Gunshot Wounds By Surgeon General P.J. Horwitz
Of all the harrowing facts which lend themselves to explaining how 360,000 Union soldiers died of wounds and disease, there is one, perhaps, that is especially telling: at the outset of the war, the Union medical corps consisted of 83 surgeons and assistant surgeons, few if any of whom had ever treated a gunshot wound. This early wartime treatise on gunshot wounds represents the learning curve. Here J.P. Horwitz, a Baltimore Jew appointed Surgeon General of the Navy, describes in detail the variety of wounds, and their treatment.
Autograph Manuscript Signed (“P.J. Horwitz”), entitled “Gun-Shot Wounds," 4 pages, folio, no place or date [January 1862].
With a Carte-de-Visite from the Surgeon General’s Office Army Medical Museum depicting Civil War amputees, including Jewish Lieutenant Moritz Lowenstein.