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.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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). Touch for a list and map 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 Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 253 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.