Imagine you are a Civil War soldier with a mid-19th-century layman's understanding of medicine. Good news: you helped drive the Confederates back and survived the Battle of Shiloh. Bad news: you're wounded, and you've been waiting for a medic for two days on a rainy battlefield. Worse news: to your horror, that wound has started to ... glow. Never mind that archaic understanding of medicine — we're still freaked out 156 years later.
In the Glow of an Angel
When P. Luminescens Comes Marching Home
The Gruesome Reality of Civil War Medicine
Written by Reuben Westmaas June 29, 2018
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