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Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

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Civil War Era Surgical Sets, Surgeon's Images

Civil War Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

Established 1995    .     Dr. Michael Echols Collection


As seen in:  Warman's Civil War Collectibles, Antique Week, Northeast Antiques, Antiques & Collecting publications, and various TV programs

Civil War Surgical Manuals and Medical Books

Civil War Medical Books

U.S. Army Hospital and Medical Departments


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Medical text books, Civil War medical books, Antique medical books, Rare medical books

Authors: Frank H. Hamilton, Samuel D. Gross,  Theodric Beck, John Beck, Surgeon General's Office Library

Practical Treatise on Military Surgery and Hygiene, (1861) by Frank H. Hamilton, M.D.

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1865 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues

At the beginning of the Civil War Dr. Hamilton accompanied the 31st New York regiment to the front, and had charge of the general field hospital in Centreville during the first battle of Bull Run.  In July, 1861, he was made brigade surgeon, and later medical director, and in 1862 organized the United States general hospital in Central park, New York. in February, 1863, he was appointed a medical inspector in the United States army, ranking as lieutenant-colonel, but resigned in September and returned to his duties in Bellevue hospital medical college, where in 1861 he had been appointed professor of military surgery and attending surgeon to the hospital.


Additional information on:  Frank Hastings Hamilton   View this Hamilton book via Google Digital Books

HAMILTON FRANK H, MD,  Professor of Surgery in the Long Island College Hospital; A PRACTICAL TREATISE ON FRACTURES AND DISLOCATIONS,  Second edition revised and improved In one large and handsome octavo volume of over 750 pages with nearly 300 illustrations.  The early demand for a new edition of this work shows that it has been successful in securing the confidence of the profession as a standard authority for consultation and reference on its important and difficult subject.  In again passing it through the press the author has taken the opportunity to revise it carefully and introduce whatever improvements have been suggested by further experience and observation.  An additional chapter on Gun shot Fractures will be found to adapt it still more fully to the exigencies of the time.

Hamilton, Frank H. A Treatise on Military Surgery and Hygiene. New York: Balliere Bros., 1861.  

Hardback,  232 pages. 

9 1/4 x 6 1/4 x  3/4 in.  Signed in the front pages: 'J. McFarland, 76 Front St.'



See pages from this manual regarding instruments found in Civil War surgical sets.

A pre-publication notice from the publisher, Balliere Bros.


A Practical Treatise on Factures and Dislocations, (1860) by Frank Hamilton, M. D.

This first version, with 289 woodcuts, was published immediately before the War in 1860. 

Dr. Hamilton's work, is divided into two parts, in the first of which, consisting of thirty-five chapters, we have the subject of fractures considered; in the second, consisting of twenty-six chapters, that of dislocations. The last of these chapters treats of congenital dislocations.

A copy of this text book is listed in the 1864 Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogue or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Additional information on:  Frank Hastings Hamilton

1864-65 lecture card for Military Surgery,Fractures & Dislocations Signed by Frank Hamilton MD, Professor, Bellevue Hospital Medical College, where numerous surgeons were trained during the Civil War


Discussion of the Hamilton book by the publisher: llustrated with 289 woodcuts. Philadelphia: Blanchard and Lea. 1860. 8vo, pp. 757.

A Practical Treatise on Factures and Dislocations, (1863) by Frank Hamilton, M. D.

The second  version, was published during the heat of the War and was dedicated to the Civil and Military surgeons.  The preface to the second edition is posted for its discussion of the War.

Discussion of the text by the publisher: Blanchard & Lea in 1863 during the War



Original Lecture: Amputations in Gunshot Fractures of the Femur, (1863), by Frank H. Hamilton, M.D., Professor of Military Surgery and Fractures at Bellevue Hosp. Med. College


Published in the American Medical Times, Jan. 2, 1864. by Bailliere Brothers, N.Y.



1864 Ads for Tiemann, Otto & Reynders, Wade and Ford, all of whom provided surgical instruments during the War


A Manual of Military Surgery, (1861, first edition) by Samuel D. Gross, M.D.

A field manual of surgery by well known surgeon and author S. D. Gross, M.D., who taught at Jefferson Medical College.  This compact (4 x 6 x 3/4 in) 186 pages text book was published during the earliest days of the War.  The covers are embossed with an eagle, shield, and scroll.  Published by Lippincott & Son, 1861. 

At the outbreak of the Civil War. Dr. Gross wrote a brief Manual of Military Surgery. It was composed in nine days, and published in a fortnight from the time of its inception. Under the care of Messrs. J. B. Lippincott and Company, it passed through two editions of 2,000 copies each. It was republished at Richmond, Virginia, and was extensively used by the surgeons of both armies. In 1874, it was translated into Japanese and published at Tokyo, Japan. The first edition bears the date of 1861; the second edition, 1862."

Additional information on: Samuel D. Gross, M.D. , and additional information on this particular surgery manual.


Medical Jurisprudence, Vol. One, by Theodric Romeyn Beck, M.D ; John B. Beck, M.D. , marked U.S. Army Medical Dept., (1860)

Elements of Medical Jurisprudence By Theodoric Romeyn Beck, MD,  Professor of Materia Medica in the Albany Medical College and John B. Beck, MD,  Professor of Materia Medica and Medical Jurisprudence in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the City of New York,  Corresponding Member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Paris Corresponding Member of the Medical Society of London.

A copy of this text book is listed in the Surgeon General's Office Library Catalogues or the list of medical textbooks which were published during the Civil War by the Army Medical Department.

Additional information on Theodric R. Beck, M.D.

College of Physicians and Surgeons, Western District of NY,  lecture cards for T.R. Beck, M.D. 1829-30

Publisher: J. P. Lippincott's listing of medical textbooks in this text, 1860, Two volumes 8vo 






Marked: U. S. A. Med. Dept.


(Note: I need Vol. II of this 1860 version)

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Civil War Medical Collections 


Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

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:

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