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Gettysburg Anniversary Highlights Lessons in Battlefield Medicine

Lessons from 150 years ago become relevant at modern disaster scenes and war zones

Monday, June 24, 2013

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — As gunshots ravaged the bodies of tens of thousands of soldiers at the Battle of Gettysburg, military doctors responded with a method of treatment that is still the foundation of combat medicine today. Union Army Maj. Dr. Jonathan Letterman is remembered as the father of battlefield medicine for his Civil War innovations. He realized that organizing the medical corps was a key for any battle.

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