AMPUTATION- *WARNING* GRAPHIC REENEACTMENT!
Military advances before and during the Civil War meant more powerful, destructive weapons, and more devastating injuries, including shattered bones. Most American doctors, however, were unprepared to treat such terrible wounds. Their experience mostly included pulling teeth and lancing boils. They did not recognize the need for cleanliness and sanitation. Little was known about bacteria and germs. For example, bandages were used over and over, and on different people, without being cleaned.
With so many patients, doctors did not have time to do tedious surgical repairs, and many wounds that could be treated easily today became very infected. So the army medics amputated lots of arms and legs, or limbs. About three-fourths of the operations performed during the war were amputations.
This film was created to show how battlefield surgery was performed between 1799 and 1815 during the time of the Napoleonic wars. The film was created by His Majesty’s 33rd Regiment of Foot First Yorkshire West Riding re-enactment group. www.33rdfoot.co.uk Filmed and edited by Martin Sunderland.
A great re-enactment of battlefield amputation and a brief overview of the actions and treatments available to surgeons at the time.