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GE-50360-11Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsCollege of Physicians of PhiladelphiaBroken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia5/1/2011 - 4/30/2012$39,962.00RobertD.Hicks   College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPA19103-3001USA2011History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and MedicineAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning GrantsPublic Programs399620399620

Planning for a 1,000-square-foot permanent exhibition, a website, and educational programs that would provide an intimate understanding of military injuries in the Civil War, including wounding, death, and long-term legacies.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Broken Bodies, Suffering Spirits: Injury, Death, and Healing in Civil War Philadelphia will transcend the basic facts of war, offering visitors an intimate view of the experiences of real people augmented by anatomical specimens, instruments, manuscripts, images, and printed texts. The exhibit and web-based educational materials will explore two major themes: how the war forced soldiers, healers, and family members to manage injury, recovery, and death in dramatically new ways; and how the lasting effects of the devastating conflict forever changed soldiers’ relationships with their own bodies and minds. In a city with strong historical connections to Civil War medical history, the College’s unique institutional history and unparalleled Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library collections ensure that the exhibit will offer a new view of the conflict, firmly grounded in the medical humanities, to a large, diverse audience.