doctor asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 6 months ago

How where bullet wounds disinfected in the 1800s wild west...?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Maybe carbolic acid.

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  • 6 months ago

    Whiskey and other forms of alcohol were used to treat wounds and disease.

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  • 6 months ago

    Steralization to some degree have been used for centries, although it was mainly used as a form of pain killer. Alcohol was the main form of steralization.

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  • gerald
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    6 months ago

    they weren't many died of them it was late in the century sterilisation was used in operations infection was not fully understood you watch too many films john Wayne swilling his leg in whisky and drinking loads and off it comes it didn't happen

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  • 6 months ago

    i saw where you can put a heated rod into it twist it inside the wound put gun powder on it then put a candle to it.

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  • 6 months ago

    whiskey or by slapping a hot iron to it

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  • 6 months ago

    Well, broadly, the weren't. Germ theory wasn't known, and as a result, it was not widely understood that bacteria caused disease and could be carried into the body by a bullet or other material, and would need to be sterilized. Experienced surgeons knew to debride wounds so they would be able to close up better, but they didn't disinfect, because they didn't know they needed to.

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  • 6 months ago

    Alcohol. Any spirit would do.

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  • 6 months ago

    Joseph Lister was experimenting with phenol. or carbolic acid as a disinfectant in Scotland in the 1860s but it was unlikely that anything other than alcohol was available in America.

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