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heres the first page of my research paper any comments or tips on something i need to change to make it better would be greatly appreciated.

   In the early 1800's medicine was just starting to advance. With breakthroughs in medical technology made by scientists like Louis Pasture and Joseph Lister,  older ways of practicing medicine was dying out.  Southern medical schools were starting to become as popular as Northern schools. In the North the average course was four to five months of nothing but lectures; however in the South, a nine month course of lectures and demonstrations was given.

     When the cry of war went out, men and doctors were quickly recruited to serve on both sides. At the time, President Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers, the U.S. Medical Department had one surgeon general, thirty surgeons, and eighty-three assistant surgeons. Because of the large numbers of volunteers, the War Department ruled that one surgeon and one assistant surgeon was to be assigned to each regiment.

     The new Confederacy formed a medical department similar to that of the Union. The Confederate Medical Department was authorized by the Provisional Congress on February 26, 1861 to pass the "Act for the Establishment and Organization of America." This gave the Medical Department one surgeon general, four surgeons, and six assistant surgeons. It also meant that if the Confederacy needed any more help, the War Department could hire any assistant surgeons necessary. This was a good thing because like in everything else the Confederacy experienced shortages of surgeons throughout the war.

    In both the Union and Confederacy, there were boards of people to review the surgeons qualifications. Unfortunately, those with political connections passed the review whether they knew what they were doing or not. Many of the surgeons were incompetent and had a dislike of the sick and wounded men. While there were a few surgeons who did care for the wounded and sick men, most of them just helped to fill graves. Many men got horrible infections from the negligence of the surgeons that were supposed to care for them. Soon Medical Inspectors were assigned to watch over the treatment that was given to the sick and wounded men.



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