An Early Civil War Treatise on Gunshot Wounds By Surgeon General P.J. Horowitz

January, 1862

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An Early Civil War Treatise on Gunshot Wounds By Surgeon General P.J. Horowitz
Autograph Document Signed
6 pages | SMC 1639

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      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.
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