Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters

Henkel Physicians Exhibit

During the Civil War, hundreds of hospitals were established in cities, towns, farms, and fields throughout both the North and South. Without the knowledge of germ theory or the benefits of antibiotics or antiseptics, tens of thousands of men were treated in these hospitals for war wounds and disease by surgeons, doctors, medical stewards and nurses.

Visit the MEC Library’s exhibit, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters in the Foley Forum on the first floor to learn more about medicine during the Civil War and throughout the nineteenth century. This exhibit is presented in coordination with the National Library of Medicine.

Location: The MEC’s Foley Forum

Dates:     August 25 –September 19, 2014

Click on the Slideshare presentation below to see a slideshow  of wartime field and pavilion hospitals that were in our area.