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Robert Sullivan <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 1 Jul 2013 20:21:24 -0400
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GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP)  As gunshots ravaged the bodies of tens of
thousands of soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, military doctors
responded with a method of treatment that is still the foundation of
combat medicine today.

Union Army Maj. Dr. Jonathan Letterman is remembered as the father of
battlefield medicine for his Civil War innovations. He realized that
organizing the medical corps was a key for any battle.


But the Battle of Gettysburg was 150 years ago, and some have wondered
how that could possibly be relevant for doctors in Iraq and
Afghanistan, said George Wunderlich, director of the National Museum
of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md.

Wunderlich recalled that about 10 years ago, a military member
remarked that it was a shame the Civil War "has nothing to do with
what we do today" with battlefield medicine.


Bob Sullivan
Schenectady Digital History Archive
Schenectady County (NY) Public Library