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National Museum of Civil War Medicine
Based on 120 traveler reviews
Great treatment of a complex subject
Dec 09, 2014 by: BearTraveler69 from Bear, Delaware
I was hesitant to visit as I was afraid there would be two floors describing the limited medicines and surgical techniques available during the war. However, the museum shines in exploring the full range of challenges and advances that Civil War medicine meant. From the first exhibit that dispels many myths, through descriptions of the battlefield environment, the use of anesthesia in surgery, the advances in prosthetics, the many diseases the soldiers faced, the development of a planned ambulance service and the role of women and African Americans in medical treatment, the museum continually informs in an interesting way. Best of all is the ability to put a human face on the whole subject with numerous personal stories of doctors, nurses, soldiers and private citizens.
Small museum with an excellent coverage of its theme
Dec 08, 2014 by: AfricaAsiaTraveller from general
Other reviewers appear to have done good reporting, so I do not have much to add. The theme covered is quite limited in scope, of course, and the museum is small, but one learns a lot (and particularly, understands better things one already thought s/he knew). They have organized the museum as a sort of linear display, not large rooms where one can pick and choose what to see. I appreciated following the letters home which are part of the display, giving an immediacy to what was being observed. I wouldn't recommend a visit to Frederick just to see this museum, but if you are in the area, a visit to this museum will contribute to your understanding of both medicine and the Civil War.
Inspiring and Awestruck
Nov 03, 2014 by: Jaime S from Frederick, Maryland
I learned quite a bit about the Medicine that they were able to give during this time. There are some things that could have been a little better, but I am sure that they will work on this in the future.
Nov 03, 2014 by: lynelltravels2014 from Frederick, Maryland
I love history and all types of museum. This museum puts the Medical History into perspective for that time period and also compares medical milestones, on a smaller scale to this time period. WORTH it!
What a disappointment
Oct 29, 2014 by: PhoenixRobin from Phoenix
I thought this museum was going to be fascinating because of the subject matter and we really kind of went out of our way to visit. What a disappointment. I didn’t learn anything that I had not seen or read about before. The displays are setup so that you have to read your way through the museum and frankly it got tiresome. It covers two floors, but they are partial floors. If I was bored, I can imagine children being bored silly. Maybe I wouldn’t have been as disappointed if it had cost $3 to get in, but at almost $10, it really wasn’t worth it. I wish I would have spent my precious time seeing another attraction.
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