“Fighting the Third Army: Combating the Ailments and Injuries of the American Civil War”
Where: Old San Francisco Steak House, 10233 Sahara St., north of Loop 410 just off San Pedro
Time: Cash bar at 6:30 pm. Dinner starts at 7:00 pm
Cost: $55.00, Students $30.00 with student sponsorships available
Michael A. Flannery will be the guest speaker at the 44th Annual Meeting of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library. The evening’s program, to be held at the Old San Francisco Steak House, will explore the traumas and illnesses incident to battlefield injuries and camp diseases during the Civil War, how that directed the course of the conflict, and those who sought to combat and learn from it. As Virginia surgeon Benjamin W. Allen (1824-1886) recalled,“No one could imagine fully the labor, required, unless they had gone through with it … all, were calculated to break down the strongest surgeons, and arouse the sympathies of the most callous.” In confronting that formidable foe, Union and Confederate became one.
Flannery is the Associate Director for Historical Collections, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, and a professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also holds adjunct appointments with the departments of history and sociology. The author of seven books, his John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic (Southern Illinois University Press, 1998) received the Kremers Award in 2001 from the American Institute for the History of Pharmacy for outstanding scholarship by an American. He has written on a wide range of historical topics in science and medicine, including the history of medical ethics. His most recent bookAlfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent EvolutionWallace as an early intelligent design theorist. He also is the author of Pharmaceutical Education in the Queen City: 150 Years of Service, 1850-2000 Civil War Pharmacy: A History of Drugs, Drug Supply and Provision, and Therapeutics for the Union and Confederacy.
The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library is housed on the 5th floor of the Briscoe Library on the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The original collection was donated by the Bexar County Medical Society in 1970 to the new UT Medical School at San Antonio. Everyone is welcome!