3 thoughts on “Hacksawing The Economy”

  1. “it is believed that Union surgeons treated 175,000 gunshot wounds to the extremities, of which 20% underwent surgery. Of those, the Union surgeons performed at least 29,000 amputations and 4,600 excisions.”

  2. Rand, was there a link intended to be included here?
    Or just a general observation? My understanding is that the majority of long guns used during the Civil War were still firing slow speed musket balls that tended to shatter bone when contacted rather than creating a clean break. Which meant, given the state of the surgical art back in those days, limbs had to be amputated because shattered bones could not be “set” to heal.

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