VANDALIA — The program at the Feb. 11 dinner meeting of the Vandalia Lions Club was provided by Charlie Wilcher and Vandalia Lion John Dunn, who currently volunteer in the Blacksmith Shop at Historical Carriage Hill Farm in Huber Heights. Their topic was a historical review of our approach to medical first aid.
There was a lack of understanding about the presence of germs until well after the Civil War. Prior to that, a battlefield wound usually meant death or loss of a limb. President Garfield didn’t die in 1880 due to bullet wounds, but because his doctors didn’t wash their hands, causing a fatal infection. In World War I the approach was to wash the wound with salt water. In World War II Sulfa powder was sprinkled on the wound and Penicellin was also introduced.