How where bullet wounds disinfected in the 1800s wild west...?
- Anonymous6 months ago
Maybe carbolic acid.
- Gray BoldLv 76 months ago
Whiskey and other forms of alcohol were used to treat wounds and disease.
- 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.
- geraldLv 76 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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- colemanLv 66 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.
- 6 months ago
whiskey or by slapping a hot iron to it
- Chances68Lv 76 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.
- bluebellbkkLv 76 months ago
Alcohol. Any spirit would do.
- sirbobby98121Lv 76 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.