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Nursing Conditions and Hospitals As show in the picture below and in the diorama above, one can plainly observe that hospitals in the Civil War were very poorly run. In fact only large cities like Boston, New York, and New Orleans offered sick people the option of hospital treatment. Most Americans believed that family members, rather than doctors, were best suited to restore their loved ones' health. Thus, many mid-nineteenth-century Americans avoided hospital treatment and viewed hospitals as being primarily for poor people who had no family to care for them, as said by John Ed who wrote the article “Medicine and Health”. So American really didn’t trust or respect their doctors and with good reason, most surgeons had little to no experience with actual surgery; only the diagrams of a text book. Also to become a doctor in the 1860s one had to simple accomplish two years of college which didn’t prepare those young medical students one bit for operating in war circumstances. While in England, youth studying the arts of medicine would study for four
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