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Gettysburg to Boylston Street: The Legacy of Civil War Medicine in the 21st Century

Monday, April 13, 2015 - 12:00 to 13:00

The Center for the History of Medicine, together with the Office for Diversity Inclusion and Community Partnership, present:

Gettysburg to Boylston Street:
The Legacy of Civil War Medicine in the 21st Century

George Wunderlich: Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

On the battlefield of Gettysburg, Z. Boylston Adams worked himself to complete exhaustion caring for the wounded of both the Union and Confederate armies near the infamous “Wheatfield”.  A graduate of the Harvard Medical School,  Adams was an energetic and well-trained surgeon who would help usher in a revolution in emergency medicine.  At Gettysburg, his field hospital was part of a newly organized system of emergency care called the Letterman Plan. That plan would be proven in the American Civil War and later in the Franco-Prussian War. Little could Dr. Zabdiel Boylston Adams have known that in 2013 the legacy of his work would be used to treat the survivors of the infamous bombing of the 117th Boston Marathon.

George Wunderlich is currently the Executive Director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, where he formerly held the position of Director of Education. George came to the Museum in 2000 after moving from Missouri, where he was Founder and Director of the Historical Education Center of St. Louis. In 1995 Mr. Wunderlich was awarded the Daughters of the American Revolution National Medal of Honor for his work in public history. Since then he has developed historically-based medical leadership training programs for the Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute, The United State Army Medical Department (AMEDD), the Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and various other civilian and governmental organizations. In 2011 he was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit by Army Surgeon General Lieutenant General Eric B. Schoomaker for his support of military medicine. He is a nationally-known speaker on various Civil War topics and can be regularly seen on the History Channel, PBS, National Geographic and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

April 13, 2015
12:00 PM

Pizza lunch will be served before the lecture

Lahey Room, fifth floor
Countway Library of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
10 Shattuck Street, Boston MA 02115

This event is free and open to the public.
Registration is required. To register, click here or email us at ContactChom@hms.harvard.edu.