MALVERN, Pa. — Sharon Ann Holt, associate teaching professor of history at Penn State Abington, will give a virtual presentation titled “Science, Sympathy, and the World of Civil War Medicine” at noon on Wednesday, March 10, as part of Penn State Great Valley and Penn State at the Navy Yard’s NoonTimeU webinar series.

Holt will discuss how the carnage of the Civil War set off extraordinary innovation in battlefield medicine, pioneering the modern medical idea that illness should be addressed with science rather than moral reform. 

In the aftermath of the war, as medical innovations continued, social norms