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Cut It Off! A Halloween Amputation Demonstration

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Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office

437 7th St Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

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Join the Obscura Society as we get into the Halloween spirit & turn the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office into an impromptu operating theater!

We’ll watch a Civil War medical historian from the National Museum of Civil War Medicine amputate a gel leg using authentic 19th-century tools and techniques. The leg, made from foam and simulated bone, looks, feels, and even sounds (!) remarkably like the real thing. Inspired by the creepy (and fictional) Case of George Dedlow, we'll also discuss spiritualism and seances in the nineteenth century.

Museum staff will also bring some bone saws, miné balls, medical kits and other objects related to the history of amputation for us to look at. They will be on hand to answer your questions about surgery in the pre-antiseptic, pre-antibiotic era.

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437 7th St Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

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