Medicine is so important in our life just like water andoxygen. According to dictionary.com medicine is defined as ” any substance orsubstances used in the treating disease or illness; medicament; remedy”. This paperis about my research and findings about all the different kinds of medicine andtreatment given to the soldiers during the American civil war.
The mainobjective about this research paper is to compare the difference between thetreatment and medicine during the American civil war and how much it has changedfrom then. By the end of this research my aim is to accomplish a good understandingof how and what the olden days taught us and how they are still used today.Another main goal of mine is through this research paper isto show the difference between how soldiers were treated back then during thecivil war and how are they treated now. To accomplish my goals I have planned tospend at least two hours everyday for this research paper. In the end I hope toprovide everyone a clear understanding about the system that worked back then andthe system that works now. Looking atsome articles I realized that back in the day during the civil war the mainissue was lack of qualified doctors and lack of hygiene.
The antiseptic medicalpractices, the germs , medical equipment and even the hospital setting was unknownto most doctors in the field during the American civil war. Two in every four soldierdied by some kind of harmful disease commonly malaria, measles and small pox.Due to the lack of a proper facility doctors used schools, churches, other people’s houses and barns etc to treat theaffected soldiers In addition to myfindings from the online articles and newspaper articles the resources that I haveplanned to use during the research paper are books from the library that explainsabout the American civil war medicine and the treatment. I have also planned toseek help from history professors at school who can also assist with the moreinformation on this topic.
I have also planned to seek help from currentsoldiers and retired hero’s. They will be able to provide me with the currentand past situations and the transition period.To conclude, disease was the deadliest thing that the peoplefaced during the civil war period.
In short the doctors were just not prepared.Most of them were unaware of the types of diseases that spread aroud.Thesoldiers went through so much sickness and different kinds of diseases bothmentally and physically. Some of the medicine and the medical practices usedback then are still used today in this modern world. The scientific knowledgeabout medicine and the medical technology have dramatically changed from the Americancivil war but the basic principles ofmilitary and their health care system still remains the same till today.