Robert Urban, a nationally recognized re-enactor of Civil War medical techniques, presented a lecture and demonstration at the Columbia Historic Preservation Society recently.
Urban, in full uniform, demonstrated such techniques as wound preparation and amputation at his makeshift field hospital during the two-hour event. Considered one of the best medical re-enactors in the country, he is often called upon as an expert in the historical medical field for film and television.
Urban has a large library of Civil War era books as well as a collection of instruments he uses to demonstrate techniques on medical mannequins.
Human skull replica
Attending to wounds
Removing a bullet
Archaic medical instruments
More tools of the trade
A disturbingly life-like victim
Another patient at the field hospital
More era surgical instruments
A manual of surgical techniques
Urban discusses amputation
How to prepare a head wound