San Francisco Civil War Round Table Meeting Thursday 20th November 2014 at the United Irish Cultural Center 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco =========== A smaller than usual group of enthusiasts braved the long-awaited rain to hear Dr. Donald Hayden speak on "Civil War Battlefield Medicine."
Don Hayden, Bob Hubbs, Scottie Hayden
Don described in some detail the primitive condition of medical practices at the onset of the war, the lack of hygiene, ignorance about bacteria, and general absence of proper medical organization. Gradually things improved under the outstanding guidance of Surgeon General William Hammond and Medical Director Jonathan Letterman - and despite the obstructionist actions of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. The Q&A session included a gory description of amputation techniques which might have been Too Much Information.
Program Chair Bob Hubbs announced that December's speaker would be Bruce Castleman, speaking on "The Canadian Front in 1864."