Article ID: CBB001421579

Remains of War (2012)


The National Museum of Health and Medicine holds a collection of anatomical specimens from nearly 2,000 soldiers injured during the American Civil War. Originally collected as part of a study of trauma and disease during war, these specimens have been museum artifacts for over 140 years. During this time, they have been displayed and utilized in an array of interpretative strategies. They have functioned as medical specimens documenting the effects of gunshot wounds and infection to the human body, as mementos mori symbolizing the refuse of a nation divided by war, and as objects of osteological and forensic interest. The museum's curators recently discovered that four of these specimens originate from soldiers who the poet and essayist Walt Whitman nursed in the wartime hospitals of Washington, DC. Uniting these remains with Whitman's words yields a new interpretation that bears witness to individual histories during a time of unprecedented conflict in American history.


Description On remains from the American Civil War.

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Authors & Contributors
Roque, Ricardo
Quigley, Christine
Thillaud, Pierre Léon
Collingwood-Whittick, Sheila
Dyde, Sean
Harrison, Henry Leslie
HOST: Journal of History of Science and Technology
Histoire des Sciences Médicales
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Journal of Military History
The Journal of the Civil War Era
University of Alabama Press
Berghahn Books
Louisiana State University Press
University of North Carolina Press
University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Medicine and the military; medicine in war
Disease and diseases
Human remains
Bone and bones
Melville, Herman
Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Whitman, Walt
United States
Timor Island
Macau (China)
Pennsylvania (U.S.)
North America
Great Britain
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
18th century
Universidade de Coimbra
University of Padua
United States. Army

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