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Civil War Medicine is Topic of Exhibit at Hudson Valley Community College's Marvin Library

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

“Life and Limb: The Toll of the Civil War,” a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Library of Medicine, is on display at Hudson Valley Community College through February 27. Open to the campus community and the public free of charge during regular library hours, the exhibit explores the experiences of disabled veterans and their role as symbols of a fractured nation. It focuses on Civil War injuries, particularly those that resulted in amputations and limb loss, as well as soldiers’ medical treatment and society's response to the injured.

The six-panel exhibit, featuring reproductions of rare photographs and artifacts, can be seen in the Troy Savings Bank Charitable Foundation Atrium of the Marvin Library Learning Commons.

In conjunction with the exhibit, historian Paul Supley presents Remarks from a Civil War Surgeon, a discussion of Civil War medical hygiene, disease, wounds and treatment, the Union's military medical structure and civilian aid organizations, on Thursday, Feb. 12 from 1 - 1:50 p.m. in the library’s Multipurpose Room. Supley presents in Civil War costume and uses props and audience participation to demonstrate various medical procedures of the era. Active in regional military reenactment groups, he has appeared in film as a Civil War soldier.

This exhibit was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health. For more information, visit

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.