The Resource Photographs of surgical cases and specimens, prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by George A. Otis

Photographs of surgical cases and specimens, prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by George A. Otis

Label
Photographs of surgical cases and specimens
Title
Photographs of surgical cases and specimens
Statement of responsibility
prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by George A. Otis
Title variation
Photographic series, U.S. Army Medical Museum
Creator
Contributor
Photographer
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Comprising approximately 400 plates of mounted albumen photographic prints with accompanying case histories, Photographs of Surgical Cases and Specimens contains extensive visual documentation of patients who suffered traumatic wounds during and shortly after the Civil War. The majority of the subjects were soldiers (both Union and Confederate), though the later volumes in the series, compiled and published after the war, include civilian cases that were considered relevant additions to the collection. The work contains both portraiture and specimen photography, as well as a small number of photographically-reproduced drawings and paintings. The majority of specimens illustrate fractures or necrotic bone degeneration arising from shrapnel or gunshot wounds.
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Biographical or historical data
Many of the anatomical specimens depicted were collected on behalf of the Army Medical Museum (now the National Museum of Health and Medicine) by Dr. John Hill Brinton. The compilation and photography of subjects was supervised by Dr. George Alexander Otis, who succeeded Brinton as curator of the museum in 1864. William Bell, famous for his later images of the American west, served as Chief Photographer for the museum from 1865 to 1868, and photographed many of the portrait sitters and specimens himself.
Cataloging source
HMS
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Illustrations
  • portraits
  • plates
  • photographs
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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United States
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  • 1830-1881
  • 1832-1907
  • 1830-1910
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  • Otis, George A.
  • Brinton, John H.
  • Bell, William
  • Army Medical Museum (U.S.)
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  • United States
  • United States
  • Medicine, Military
  • Medicine, Military
  • Surgery, Operative
  • Surgery, Operative
  • Military Medicine
  • American Civil War
  • General Surgery
  • Wounds and injuries
Summary expansion
The portraits for the most part illustrate the results of amputation or resection, and in nearly all cases the full names and regimental designations of the soldiers are included, along with the time and place of their injuries (including the names of specific battles), details of treatment, and final outcomes. Veterans and active-duty soldiers were sometimes photographed shortly after surgical treatment in field hospitals, or sometimes years later, in a portrait studio at the museum. The result is that surgical outcomes are illustrated over a variety of points in the recovery process. Many subjects are photographed in uniform
Label
Photographs of surgical cases and specimens, prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by George A. Otis
Link
https://archive.org/details/photographsofsur01unit
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Spine title on several volumes: Photographic series, U.S. Army Medical Museum
  • Complete statement of responsibility from t.p. reads: "prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel George A. Otis, Assistant Surgeon, U.S.A., Curator of the Army Medical Museum."
Extent
1 online resource (8 v.
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote
Label
Photographs of surgical cases and specimens, prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by George A. Otis
Link
https://archive.org/details/photographsofsur01unit
Publication
Note
  • Spine title on several volumes: Photographic series, U.S. Army Medical Museum
  • Complete statement of responsibility from t.p. reads: "prepared by direction of the Surgeon General by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel George A. Otis, Assistant Surgeon, U.S.A., Curator of the Army Medical Museum."
Extent
1 online resource (8 v.
Form of item
online
Other physical details
illustrations)
Specific material designation
remote

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