Post Hospital - Medicines
Various medicines were used for a wide variety of reasons, although few were very effective. Medicines were used to counteract the effects of inflammation, to induce purging or vomiting, as stimulants or as sedatives. Unfortunately, many of these medicines were poisonous and if taken in large doses, would be fatal.
Some of the more common types of medicines used at the time included:
Of all these different medications, only a few were actually effective. Quinine actually did help cure malaria. Ether did put you to sleep and morphine and opium were effective pain killers, although they were addictive and often, in the long run, destructive. Every other medicine which was used had either no effect or was detrimental to the patient;
The bottles and labels are authentic reproductions but do not contain the real medicines
These bottles are in our Brooks and Brothers medical bag
Information for this section was taken from
Civil War Medicine: An Illustrated History by Mark J. Schaadt, M.D.(used by permission)
Civil War Medicine: 1861-65 by C. Keith Wilbur. M.D (used by permission).
Did You Know?
Colonel George Croghan, the inspector general, visited the fort in 1844. He praised living conditions, but disliked the layout. He remarked that the hospital "interrupted in the most offensive way, the only refreshing summer breezes" One author doubted that any building could stop a Kansas wind.