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Saws and Scalpels: Civil War Medicine

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Science,Social Studies
Common Core Standards:
6-8.RH.1, 6-8.RH.4, 6-8.RH.7
State Standards:
Kansas Middle School Life Science Standards


In this lesson, your class will learn about the role that Fort Scott played in providing care to the sick and wounded during the war, will discover aspects of medical treatment of the time and will compare those aspects to modern treatment methods. Students become part of a medical team that examines various medical items to determine their use and also analyzes diseases of the time to determine symptoms and treatment.

There is a trunk of items that will be sent to classes wishing to participate in this progam-(first come, first serve). Prior to the program, students will examine the items to determine their use.

During the program, the presenter will lead the students through activities that include discussion of diseases, treatments, common medicines, and surgical procedures of the Civil War.

Contact the site's education coordinator, Barak Geertsen by email or by phone at 620-223-0310 to schedule this program. The program lasts about 45 minutes.


Activities that familiarize students with diagnosis of disease, treatments, and principles of Civil War Medicine

Download Civil War Medicine Teachers' Guide

Last updated: January 20, 2017