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2. Pile of amputated limbs

2. Pile of amputated limbs

[1]ehistory.osu.edu

Since many surgeons during the war had to amputate fast to get to as many wounded soldiers as possible, they developed the skills to perform an amputation in around ten minutes. This skill allowed for many amputations to be conducted among the wounded soldiers. [2] About twenty five percent of wounds to the arms and/or legs resulted in amputation. Since [3] "More arms and legs were chopped off in this war than in any other fought by this country. Three out of four men wounded were hit in the extremities. At the time, amputations were the only proper medical treatment for a compound fracture or severe laceration fo a limb." Since so many extremities were amputated, the amputated limbs could be found on the floor of the field hospital, like the picture shown.

[1] Ohio State University. Civil War Battlefield Surgery 24 Oct 2005. Jenny Goellnitz. 24 Oct 2005.
[2] Caring For the Men . 14 April 2004. National Historical Society. 24 Oct 2005.
[3] Civil War Amputations . 24 Oct 2005.