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Medicine During the Revolutionary War


Jenna Alcorn

on 2 October 2012

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The Revolutionary War Medicine Most Common Diseases Medical Tools Most Common Types of Wounds Musket Ball Bayonet Sword Wound Muskets were loaded with 69 caliber balls, and if hit by one, it would hurt, a lot. They smashed through bodies, breaking bones and crushing organs. The Bayonet is a swordlike blade that is designed to fit over the muzzle of a rifle, or in this case, a musket. It is used for up close fighting, also known as hand-to-hand.
The British invented a bayonet with 4 blades that was shaped like a "+". This caused a corner cut, which is very hard to sew up and heal. The victim is stabbed with it. It is basically like any other stab wound. A basic wound that happened by a stab with a type of sword. These were very common, and medics had more experience with these types of wounds. Amputation Saw The amputation saw was used to amputate (cut off) limbs that could not be saved. Lancet The Lancet is a tool used to draw blood or cut abscesses. An abscess is a collection of pus under the skin that is usually infected. Scalpel A scalpel is used to make an incision, a cut into the skin, and is used in surgeries. Grooved Forceps The grooved forceps were used to remove bullets. Yellow Fever Yellow Fever was a disease that caused thousands of deaths. the symptoms begin with a headache, backache, and a high fever which makes the victim very sick. The name comes from the yellowing of the the skin that starts to show on the third day. After about a week, the victim is either dead, or is recovering. Smallpox SmallPox is extremely contagious and is spread by touch and affects children and adults!
Symptoms include: Headache, Fever, Bodily Pains, Extreme Fatigue(tiredness),Back Pains, and, occasional vomiting and/or diarrhea. Malaria A disease that spreads by way of mosquitoes, who carry a parasite often hosted by African American slaves from Africa.
Symptoms include: fever, sweating, fatigue(tiredness), Nausea, vomiting, and sometimes a dry cough. References: "Disease in Colonial America." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 18 Sept. 2012. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disease_in_colonial_America>. Staff, Mayo Clinic. "Smallpox Symptoms." Mayo Clinic. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 10 Aug. 2011. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/smallpox/DS00424/DSECTION=symptoms>. WebMD Staff. "Malaria Symptoms: Chills, Fever, Fatigue, Sweats, & More." WebMD. WebMD, 30 Dec. -0001. Web. 01 Oct. 2012.
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<http://www.ehow.com/info_8173999_tools-apothecaries-wear-colonial-times.html>. My Mother's medical knowledge Certain materials are included under the fair use exemption of the U. S. Copyright Law and have been prepared according to the educational multi-media fair use guidelines and are restricted from further use. CONFU NOTICE: Tubbs, Brian. "American Revolution & Founding Era." : Getting Shot by a Musket. Blogspot, 25 May 2008. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://americanfounding.blogspot.com/2008/05/getting-shot-by-musket.html>. "What Are Bayonet Wounds?" WikiAnswers. Answers, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_are_bayonet_wounds>. Rorke, Elizabeth. "Surgeons and Butchers." Surgeons and Butchers. BrandyWine History, n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ushistory.org/brandywine/special/art06.htm>. !Pictures! Warning: Some pictures are... err.. gruesome. if you don't want to see them, then look away. Since you guys made it through those pictures, I'm rewarding you. With AN ADORABLE PUPPY!! THANK YOU!!!!
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