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Rome in Oneida County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Surgeonís Day Room

Fort Stanwix National Monument

 
 
Surgeonís Day Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
1. Surgeonís Day Room Marker
Inscription.
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. Touch for map.
Surgeonís Day Room Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
2. Surgeonís Day Room Marker
A picture on the marker shows the fort doctor bloodletting a soldier. Marker is at or near this postal address: 112 E Park Street, Rome NY 13440, United States of America.
 
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 North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
Marker in Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
3. Marker in Fort Stanwix
Inside the Surgeonís Day Room image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
4. Inside the Surgeonís Day Room
Surgeonís Day Room at Fort Stanwix image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 30, 2014
5. Surgeonís Day Room at Fort Stanwix
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 6, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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