Tuesday, August 24, 2010

KILLED BY THE CURE: CIVIL WAR MEDICINE, PT. V

XV. Medicines in Common Use During the Civil War- Union Army

These items were among those carried with the Army of the Potomac during the May 1864 Wilderness Campaign:

1. Acacia
2. Alcohol
3. Alum
4. Ammonia water
5. Ammonium carbonate
6. Brandy
7. Camphor
8. Cantharides
9. Castor oil
10. Chloroform
11. Collodion
12. Ether
13. Ferric chloride
14. Lead acetate
15. Liquid soap
16. Mercury pills
17. Morphine
18. Opium
19. Quinine
20. Potassium iodide
21. Silver nitrate
22. Spirits of ammonia
23. Sulfuric acid
24. Tannic acid
25. Tartaric acid
26. Turpentine

XVI. Medicines in Common Usage During the Civil War- C.S. Army

These items were commonly found in Confederate Army medicine wagons:

1. Acetic acid
2. Adhesive plaster
3. Alcohol
4. Ammonia water
5. Arsenic oxide
6. Creosote
7. Digitalis
8. Ether
9. Hydrochloric acid
10. Morphine sulfate
11. Opium
12. Quinine sulfate
13. Rhubarb
14. Senna
15. Sugar
16. Sulfuric acid

Tom Pearson, Reference Librarian
Special Collections Department
St. Louis Public Library
1301 Olive Street
St. Louis, MO 63103

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