Malingering Again

Conflict: Civil War

Malingering, as we learned in a previous spotlight, was when a soldier faked or exaggerated an illness or disability in order to get out of duty. It was especially prevalent during the Civil War, and one surgeon, William Williams Keen, … Continue reading

Malingering On

Conflict: Civil War

Malingering—faking or exaggerating illness or disability—was a relatively common problem in Civil War hospitals. In addition to the age-old reason of malingering to avoid duty, faking illness or disability was especially common during the Civil War because of the bounties … Continue reading