The state of health care in the United States leads almost every newspaper headline. But what if your medical care was like that of your ancestors? GRIVA invites you to a free program on April 27 that will give you a look at the state of medical care during a pivotal time in our nation’s history.

Ben Greenbaum will speak on the History of Medicine in Antebellum America Before and Throughout the Civil War. Superimposed upon the harsh realities of Civil War military life, was the limited state of medical knowledge in the 1860’s. Soldiers who believed that they were more likely to get well outside of a hospital and away from the care of a military surgeon may have been right. This perception was engendered principally by the lack of medical knowledge rather than the incompetence of the army surgeons. Indeed, the Civil War was fought at the end of the “medical Middle Ages.” Sadly, the medical revolution that post-dated the Civil War came too late to benefit the staggering numbers of wounded and sick.

Mr. Greenbaum teaches at Collegiate School in Richmond. He has a MSC Ed from the University of Richmond and is very interested in the Civil War, holding positions in several Civil War organizations.

Join us on April 27, 2010 at 7:45 p.m. at the Bon Air Presbyterian Church, 9201 West Huguenot Road, Richmond, Virginia. There will be a short GRIVA meeting before the program with refreshments and social time afterwards. Our meetings are free to the public and visitors are welcome.