Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Surgeonís Day Room
Fort Stanwix National Monument
In a room such as this, the fort surgeon would have diagnosed the sick and treated the day-to-day illnesses of the garrison. The main illnesses were muscle strain due to the constant hard labor needed to run the fort, and infectious diseases contracted in the crowded and unfavorable conditions prevalent at the fort.
Treatments were agonizing and dangerous: a common treatment for all ills was bloodletting, which was thought to rid the body of disease.
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A Description of Bloodletting
Place patientís hand in hot water to swell veins.
Tie a cloth tape at the pulse area of the wrist.
Patient opens and closes hand two or three times to increase swelling.
Patientís hand is stretched open and the vein is pierced lengthwise with a small knife called a lancet.
The patientís hand is dipped in hot water to make the blood flow freely and the cloth tape is loosened to allow the “impure” blood to escape.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 43° 12.647′ N, 75° 27.318′ W. Marker is in Rome, New York, in Oneida County. Marker can be reached from Black River Blvd. (New York State Route 26), on the right when traveling west. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Orderly Room (here, next to this marker); Commandantís Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Family Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Junior Officersí Quarters (a few steps from this marker); Soldiersí Quarters: Barracks Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillerymen (within shouting distance of this marker); Visiting Officersí Lodging (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Rome.
More about this marker. Marker is located inside Fort Stanwix.
Also see . . . Fort Stanwix National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 164 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.