Surgical Silences: Civil War Surgeons and Narrative Space

Date(s) - 12/05/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ruth Lily Medical Library, 1st Floor


Presented by Jane E. Schultz, PhD

“Surgical Silences: Civil War Surgeons and Narrative Space” considers the linguistic registers and narrative patterns visible in wartime surgeons’ written accounts. By surveying a range of rhetorical situations from the clinical (medical), the bureaucratic (military), and the intimate (personal), we can see how and why surgeons shifted registers in the face of medial exigency. Though disease and battle injuries demanded endurance and obedience to surgical routine, writing about traumatic labor often amounted to meaningful silences.