Risk Factors Contributing to “Nervous” Diseases in Civil War

https://psychnews.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/pn.41.8.0002 Article is actually about the risk factors associated with physical and “nervous” illnesses among veterans of the Union army in the Civil War. Authors analyzed over 15,000 randomly selected complete medical records of Union soldiers to determine what factors were more likely to produce cardiac, gastrointestinal diseases and “nervous” (what we would break down …

Opiate Addiction in 19th Century America

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-americas-19th-century-opiate-addiction-180967673/ Interesting article that states that opium use in American goes back to the Revolutionary War. The Civil War “helped set off America’s opiate pandemic,” with the Union army dispensing 10 million opium pills and 2.8 million ounces of opium powders, although it is unknown how many soldiers became addicted. The invention of the hypodermic …

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