MGA Sponsors "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War" Exhibit and Lectures

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2017 7:00 PM
Categories: Pressroom | College of Arts and Sciences

Macon, GA

Life and Limb exhibition
A traveling exhibit that explores the history of amputations endured by injured soldiers - an important, albeit difficult to discuss, aspect of the U.S. Civil War - is coming to the Middle Georgia State University library on the Macon Campus.

"Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War," a National Library of Medicine exhibit, will be on display at MGA's Macon Campus library from Tuesday, Jan. 17, through Saturday, Feb. 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The library's regular operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to noon Friday and 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday.

In addition to the exhibit, Dr. Niels Eichhorn, assistant professor of History at MGA and a published Civil War historian, will give three related lectures on Civil War-era medical practices, also free and open to the public:

- 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, Lab 1 in the Macon Campus library
- 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, Lab 1 in the Macon Campus library
- 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in room 145 of the Charles H. Jones Building

From the U.S. National Library of Medicine website: "Although the exact number is not known, approximately 60,000 surgeries, about three quarters of all of the operations performed during the war, were amputations. Although seemingly drastic, the operation was intended to prevent deadly complications such as gangrene. Sometimes undertaken without anesthesia, and in some cases leaving the patient with painful sensations in the severed nerves, the removal of a limb was widely feared by soldiers."

For more information, see or contact Dr. Niels Eichhorn, assistant professor of History, at or Felicia Haywood, assistant director of Library Services, at

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