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How the American Civil War could inspire modern medicine

The researchers studied white oak, tulip poplar and 'devil's walking stick', all three of which were used as remedies during the American Civil War. Image: National Park Service/Wikimedia Commons

Carol Clark
Senior science communicator, Emory University
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A field hospital at Gettysburg. Image: National Park Service
Francis Porcher, a botanist and surgeon from South Carolina, compiledResources of the Southern Fields and Forests, which included plant remedies that Native Americans and enslaved Africans used. This 1863 copy is from the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library. Image: Emory
A cartoon map, created in 1861, uses a snake to illustrate Gen. Winfield Scott’s plan to crush the Confederacy economically through a blockade, sometimes called the “Anaconda plan.” Image: Library of Congress
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