American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols  &  Dr. Doug Arbittier


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John Hatch Power, M. D.

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Power, John Hatch (1806-1863) received his medical license from the RCSI in 1831. In 1847 he was appointed Surgeon to Jervis Street Hospital. Power became a Fellow of the RCSI in 1844 and three years later he was elected a member of the Council. His work on Anatomy of the Arteries of the Human Body Descriptive and Surgical with a descriptive Anatomy of the Heart. went to three editions and the edition of 1863 published in Philadelphia was “authorized and adopted by the Surgeon-General of the United States Army for use in field and general hospitals,” during the American Civil War. Of the papers he published, the best was On the Structure of the Optic Nerve in Relation to Reversed Retinal Vision. Power died from typhus fever on 14th May 1863 and is buried in the Groves family tomb in the graveyard of St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Anatomy of the Arteries of the Human Body,

Descriptive and Surgical, with the Descriptive Anatomy of the Heart. By John Hatch Power, M.D., F.R.C.S., formerly Professor of Surgery in the Royal College of Surgeons; Surgeon to the City of Dublin Hospital. New edition, with Illustrations from Drawings made expressly for this work by B. W. Richardson, F.R.C.S., Surgeon to the Adelaide Hospital, etc. Foolscap, 8vo., cloth. Plain, 10s. 6d. ; Coloured, 12s.

Power, an Irish surgeon, was professor of descriptive and practical anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland and served as surgeon to the City of Dublin Hospital. His Anatomy of the Arteries of the Human Body, originally published in Dublin in 1860, was adopted by the Surgeon-General of the United States Army "for the use of surgeons on the field of battle and in army hospitals" during the American Civil War. The American edition reproduces the illustrations of the Dublin edition and adds "numerous other engravings, executed under the inspection of one of our most distinguished American anatomists In the general execution of the work, special reference has been had to making it of the most convenient form for the surgeon's use" (Publisher's notice). Two bindings have been noted: the earlier binding has "U. S. Army Medical Department" stamped in gilt on the front cover, and the later binding's front cover is stamped with the U. S. Army Medical Department logo.

(The personal edited research notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or may not be completely documented)


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Civil War Medical Collections 


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American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:


Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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