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“Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” Coming to Falk Library on September 16

The Civil War was a turning point in American history, and now you can explore this fascinating period of time through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) exhibit, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War,” which opens September 16 at Falk Library. The exhibit focuses on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation.

Veterans John J. Long, Walter H. French, E. P Robinson, and an unidentified companion, 1860s Courtesy Library of Congress

Veterans John J. Long, Walter H. French, E. P. Robinson, and an unidentified companion, 1860s
Courtesy Library of Congress

Topics presented will include:

While at the library, also visit the lobby display cases featuring an amputation kit, a post-mortem Civil War surgical set, and other relevant materials.

Please join us for these special events:

OPENING LECTURE/RECEPTION:

Tuesday, September 24, 6-7 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 1105

Jeffrey Reznick, PhD, chief of the History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, will present, “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War.” Reznick has authored many publications covering various aspects of war, including soldiers with amputations and other disabilities. He will talk about Civil War disabilities and their impact following the war.

*A public reception to follow in Falk Library.

OCTOBER LECTURE:

Tuesday, October 8, noon-1 p.m., Scaife Hall, Lecture Room 3

Laura P. McLafferty, MD, chief resident for education, PGY-4 Resident in General Adult Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, will present, “Hurting for Home: Nostalgia in American Military Psychiatry from the Civil War to WWII.” McLafferty is the recipient of a 2013 Fellowship Award from the Association for Academic Psychiatry. Her interest in military psychiatry began during her 4th year in medical school. It was during this time that her paper earned the top research award from the C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society.

Please take time to visit this intriguing exhibit, which runs through October 26. For more information, e-mail Linda Hartman at lhartman@pitt.edu.

*Parts of the article were reprinted from the NLM Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War Web site.

~ Linda Hartman

Posted in the September 2013 Issue