The Briscoe Library at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio is hosting a traveling exhibit entitled Life and Limb: the Toll of the American Civil War. This exhibit is brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. The exhibit documents the experiences of injured soldiers during the Civil War and in the years afterwards, especially focusing on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the library near the main entrance and will run from September 29 – November 8, 2014.
The library has also mounted an exhibit entitled Civil War Medical Figures in the same area. This exhibit discusses those responsible for improving health care during the Civil War, resulting in saving thousands of lives on both sides. Surgeons and physicians working to save the wounded and ill, those providing nursing care, those in charge of hospital operations and evacuating the wounded, pharmacists and physicians improving the quality of medications and finding substitutes when supplies were unavailable – all of these played a vital role in relieving suffering and saving lives.
For more information on library exhibits, contact Jonquil Feldman, Director of Briscoe Library and Outreach Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (210) 567-243.