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York CWRT to discuss Civil War Surgery & Anesthesia

Press Release:

The pandemic has kept the York Civil War Round Table from coming together for our monthly meetings since our last in-person gathering in February. Despite this, we have managed to have a couple of our meetings via Facebook live and Zoom. We will use the same format for this month’s meeting.
October’s meeting will feature a joint presentation about a less discussed topic in the history of the Civil War. This month’s talk is:

Civil War Surgery & Anesthesia…as the fighting ends, a new battle always erupts.

by: Dr. Rick Schroeder & Fran Feyock, CRNA

October’s speakers are Dr. Rick Schroeder and Fran Feyock, CRNA.  They will be discussing surgery and anesthesia at the time of the Civil War.  Drawing on over 25 years of experience in a Level 1 Trauma Center, Schroeder and Feyock have performed amputations and administered anesthesia in modern operating rooms which gives them a unique perspective on a less-covered aspect of the Civil War. In this presentation, they will be comparing the practices of that time and ours and demonstrating how some of today’s practices actually started during the time of the Civil War. “For as much as things have changed over time, surprisingly much has remained the same.”
Feyock and Schroeder now spend their time as Licensed Battlefield Guides.  In their program, they will take complex medical topics and make them understandable to a wider audience with a mix of occasional humor.
I hope everyone is able to attend using one of the digital options being offered. More importantly, I look forward to the end of the pandemic and the opportunity to be together to hear our great speakers and interact with them and each other.

To register for the meeting, go to the roundtable page on the York County History Center’s website: