Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Nineteenth Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine - 9/30-10/2 2011

I had the great privilege and pleasure of ateending and giving presentations at the 2009 and 2010 annual Conference on Civil War Medicine sponsored by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine (NMCWM).

You can read my summaries of some of the great presentations in previous posts:

2010: here, here, here, here, and here!

2009: here

An overview of the NMCWM (here)

Today I received a preview of the 2011 program:

Nineteenth Annual Conference on Civil War Medicine

National Museum of Civil War Medicine

September 30, October 1-2, 2011

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel, Towson, MD

We have assembled an impressive panel of prominent historians, authors, and medical professionals speaking on a wide variety of topics relating to Civil War medicine. Lecture topics and speakers are as follows:

"Aspects of the Epidemiology of Gastrointestinal Disease in the Civil War" - Joseph I. Berman, M.D.

"The Union Artificial-Limbs Program" - Guy R. Hasegawa, Pharm.D.

"Children’s Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century" - Robert E. Mallin, M.D.

"Battlefield Surgery: Then and Now" - John M. Rathgeb, M.D.

"Artificial Resuscitation in the Civil War Era" - Robert G. Slawson, M.D., FACR

"Blood: Theory and Therapy from Medieval Bleeding to Modern Transfusion" - Janet Sorrentino, Ph.D.

"How Battlefield Trauma Care and Rehabilitation Have Advanced from Jonathan Letterman’s Time to Today" - Robert H. Vandre, D.D.S., (Col. U.S. Army-Ret.).

Dr. Vandre is the 2011 individual recipient of the Third Annual Major Jonathan Letterman Medical Excellence Award, recognized for establishing the Armed Forces of Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) and serving for two years as its first project director. As the Army’s Defense Health Program Research Manager for the Combat Casualty Care, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear Dr. Vandre speak on the impact of Civil War medicine on today’s medicine.

The Thursday evening pre-conference event will be a presentation by Susan Rosenvold, NMCWM Director of Education, speaking about Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office (CBMSO), a museum 14 years in the making. The Museum has signed a Letter of Intent with the United States General Services Administration (GSA) to manage the CBMSO. We hope to have the managerial contract by mid-August.

We are very excited about this year’s day-long bus tour on Saturday, October 1, with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office. Don’t miss our visit to this mid-nineteenth century boarding house, the headquarters of Barton’s humanitarian efforts during and after the Civil War, where she lived and worked. We will see her third floor office, which was rediscovered in 1997.

Other tour stops include: Fort Stevens, Ford’s Theater and the Petersen House, and the National Portrait Gallery.

All conference attendees will receive…in addition to the pre-conference event, all lectures, and the Saturday bus tour…a Friday evening dinner; continental breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday morning, and a Saturday evening happy hour.

If you have any questions or want a copy of the conference brochure, please e-mail Karen Thomassen, Deputy Director, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, P.O. Box 470, Frederick, MD 21705, 301-695-1864, Ext. 12 at Museum@civilwarmed.org

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