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Medical Technology Advances First the surgeon would cut off the blood flow with a tourniquet After that he would take a scalpel and slice through the outlying tissue and flesh Then he would use a hacksaw-like tool called a capital saw to saw through the bone It had replaceable blades After the bone and flesh was all sliced off the surgeon would take silk sutures in the North and cotton sutures in the South and sew the major arteries and veins together The limb would be dropped on a pile that was higher up then the table and the pile got thrown out after the day Time was of the essence so the soldier would be carried off of the platform and another soldier would be placed on the platform This would take about fifteen minutesAmputations It wasnt much different to be killed in World War II then it was during the Civil War or World War I However if the World War II GI was wounded by a bullet shrapnel or taken down to disease such as malaria or anything else that did not kill him his chances for survival were much greater then his ancestor in the Civil War During the Civil War 50 percent or more of the men admitted to hospitals died during World War I it was 8 percent World War II 4 percent Encarta Throughout the many wars that America has faced it has always needed the use of medics However in the Civil war the technology was not established to the point where lives could be saved easily and quickly Fortunately there have been many medical advances throughout the past few wars causing the casualty rate to be greatly lowered The few advances that this paper shall grasp are the increase of speed to rescue a patient development of penicillin during World War II and the advances of training medics In the civil war transporting was hectic in
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