Life and Limb

The National Library of Medicine's traveling exhibit, "Life and Limb: The Toll of the American Civil War," will be displayed April 14-May 24 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Love Library. The exhibit illustrates the brutality of the Civil War and the resilience of those who survived with serious disabilities.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during Love Library open hours (go to The library is at 13th and R streets.

Two programs will be given to support the exhibit. Susan Lawrence, historian of medicine at Ohio State University, will present "Civil War Suffering: Making Sense of the Civil War" at 5:30 p.m. April 17 in 222 Love Library. Lawrence will discuss why the Office of the Surgeon General was so determined to document the casualties not only in words, but also in drawings and photographs to make sense of the medical experience of the war. A reception will follow her presentation.

The second event will feature a round table discussion titled "Life and Limbs After War" with veterans from the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and providers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System. This program will be 5:30 p.m. May 15 in 222 Love Library with a reception to follow.

Panelists will discuss and answer questions focusing on changes in medicine, soldiering and war since the Civil War as well as the similarities and connections between them. The panelists include Dr. A. Christine Emler, associate chief of medicine, Lincoln Veterans Administration; Dr. Todd Fleischer, Veterans Administration Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System; Adam Jacobsen, Veterans Administration Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System-Prosthetics; Terry Gillespie, veteran and Veterans Advisory Council president; and David Ossian, Marine Corps League.

These programs are funded in part by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, the Charles and Linda Wilson Humanities in Medicine Lectureship at UNL and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the UNL Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, History Department and University Libraries.