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Tucson in Pima County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Post Hospital

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
1. Post Hospital Marker
Inscription. The post surgeon was the cornerstone of army medical care. He was either a medical officer or a local civilian. At Fort Lowell, 21 men served in this capacity, assisted by enlisted hospital stewards. The surgeon maintained the health of all military personnel, including wives, children, and civilian employees. He also regulated sanitation. He had no one else to consult, relying solely on his education, experience, and medical books.

By the 1870s, the post surgeon used antiseptics. A decade later, he had such anesthetics as sulfuric ether and chloroform. The soldiers' ailments commonly included malaria, diarrhea, venereal diseases, alcoholism, rheumatism, headaches, sprains, and gunshot wounds.
 
Location. 32° 15.62′ N, 110° 52.429′ W. Marker is in Tucson, Arizona, in Pima County. Marker can be reached from North Craycroft Road. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Lowell Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2900 North Craycroft Road, Tucson AZ 85712, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Fort Lowell 1873-1891 / Post Hospital (within shouting distance of this marker); Infantry Barracks / Laundresses' Quarters
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
2. Post Hospital Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Lowell (within shouting distance of this marker); Cottonwood Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Lowell (within shouting distance of this marker); The Fort Lowell Flagstaff (within shouting distance of this marker); Cavalry Barracks and Band Barracks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tucson.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
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By Bill Kirchner, December 27, 2016
3. Post Hospital
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circa 1885
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Major Joseph B. Girard and family. Surgeon Girard was post surgeon six different times from 1873-1891.
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circa 1889
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Post Hospital looking east in 1889.
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circa 1889
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Parade grounds looking southwest from the post hospital. Officer's Quarters, Cottonwood Lane and flagpole are in the background.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 307 times since then and 228 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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