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Exhibit Theme

Civil War Medicine

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H.R. 737, Appropriation for Sundry...
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H.R. 737, Appropriation for Sundry Civil Expenses of the Government for the year ending June 30th, 1867

The amendment to this appropriations act authorized printing of the first volume of the Medical and Surgical History of the War of Rebellion and a separate statistical publication. Under the secretary of war, the surgeon general oversaw the medical research—which concluded in 1888 with six detailed, illustrated volumes covering every aspect of Civil War military medicine.

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For the purpose of preparing for publication under the direction of the Secretary of War…five thousand copies of the first volume of the Medical and Surgical History of the Rebellion, compiled by the Surgeon General… .

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration