Wounds & Realism
I've been investigating the creation of a simple, clean bullet entry wound prosthetic that I could place on the chest of on the dead who come through our tent as a means of explaining the cause of death that I would then have to pack and possibly suture as part of the preparation process.
I've also wondered what it would take to create a prosthetic upon which I could create an incision in order to raise either the carotid or brachial artery. I have too much respect for the dignity of the dead (and also the living) to attempt to raise the femoral artery. I'm not seeking blood and gore because I believe that in our case, we'd drive away many who would otherwise be our audience if we went that direction. I'm convinced that the public would be far more receptive to seeing bloody, living "patients" as opposed to bloody corpses.
I remain as ever, your faithful & obedient servant,
aka Benjamin Franklin Lyford, M.D.
Drs. Chamberlain & Lyford, Principal Embalming Surgeons
Washington City, D. C.
Adservio mortuus quidnam es non potens adservio ipsum
Traveling with while in the field:
Mid-States Living History Association, Indianapolis, IN
10th Illinois Cavalry Regiment, Springfield, IL
The Society of Civil War Surgeons