Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 269–283

The first civil war photographs of soldiers with facial wounds

  • Blair O. Rogers
  • Michael G. Rhode

DOI: 10.1007/BF00451103

Cite this article as:
Rogers, B.O. & Rhode, M.G. Aesth. Plast. Surg. (1995) 19: 269. doi:10.1007/BF00451103


During the Civil War, for the first time in medical history, a large number of excellent photographs were taken of many wounded Union and (to a lesser degree) Confederate soldiers by photographers assigned by their doctors or surgeons, or by photographers employed by the Army Medical Museum. The majority of these photographs demonstrating facial, head, and neck wounds have not been published since the Civil War, except for a few minor exceptions [3, 9]. The actual art of printing photographs in medical journals, daily newspapers, and magazines did not even begin until the early 1880s—almost two decades after the Civil War [24]. Any photographs that could be found in certain rare medical and surgical books during and immediately after the War were actually pasted into those books by their printers.

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Blair O. Rogers
    • 1
  • Michael G. Rhode
    • 2
  1. 1.Clinical Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery)New York University Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Otis Historical Archives, National Museum of Health and MedicineArmed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Army Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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