During the American Civil War my Great Grandfather Laughlin received a chest wound on the Mississippi River bank of Helena, Arkansas. The fighting was so fierce that the hospital sternwheeler from Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis was unable to gather the wounded soldiers for more than two days. As the story goes, he was so badly wounded that the surgeon decided he would not survive and ordered the medics to tend those who would. One medic, acting against orders, kept my great grandfather’s dressing changed and disinfected.
I am living proof that the medic’s efforts were successful.