life and limb logoThe traveling exhibit “Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War” from the National Library of Medicine, is currently on display at the Texas Medical Center Library.

Focusing on disabled veterans and their role as symbols of the fractured nation, the exhibit is located in the main lobby of the TMC Library on the first floor and will remain through July 19.

The perspectives of surgeons, physicians, and nurses are richly documented in the history of Civil War medicine, which highlights the heroism and brutality of battlefield operations and the challenges of caring for the wounded during wartime. Yet the experiences of injured soldiers during the conflict and in the years afterward are less well-known.

More than 3 million soldiers fought in the war from 1861-1865. More than half a million died, and almost as many were wounded but survived. Hundreds of thousands were permanently disabled by battlefield injuries or surgery, which saved lives by sacrificing limbs. Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War explores the experiences of disabled Civil War veterans who served as a symbol of the fractured nation and a stark reminder of the costs of the conflict.

Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War is currently traveling around the United States. This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.