Beginning Monday August 25, the infantry barracks museum will be closed for remodeling and to prepare for a new theater and exhibits. Work is expected to be completed by spring of 2015. The site's movie will be played in the visitor center upon request.
Post Hospital - Tool of the Trade
Medicine Bottles-Including quinine, ipecac, morphine, and ether, to name a few.
Pitcher and Wash Basin-"19th century version of our sink" for cleanup of all kinds.
Ether Cone-A funnel with a sponge affixed inside. When administering ether, the ether would be poured onto the sponge, the funnel held over the patient's mouth, and the patient would breathe in the ether-which would put him to sleep.
Leeches and Leech Box-Leeches are wormlike creatures that attach to the body and suck blood. Leeches were used in bloodletting as it was believed that draining blood out of the body would promote healing as poisonous substances were drained from the body along with the blood.
Mortar and Pestle-For grinding medicine into powders.
Quill Pen and Ink Well-For recording patient data and meteorological observations.
Splint-To immobilize fractured legs and arms prior to moving a patient to a field hospital for surgery.
Stethoscopes-Wooden stethoscopes were placed so that one end was held to the doctor's ear and the other was held next to the patient's heart. The idea was the same as with modern stethoscopes, to listen to a patient's heartbeat.
Did You Know?
Two of Fort Scott's surgeons, William Hammond and Joseph Barnes served as Surgeon Generals during the Civil War. One of them, Joseph Barnes, was attending physician at the deaths of both Presidents Abraham Lincoln and James Garfield and he oversaw the autopsy of President Lincoln. More...