Just How Bad Were the Conditions in Continental Hospitals?

Deplorable.  Tragic.  Unrelenting.  But don’t take my word for it.  On 28 October 1780, The Pennsylvania Packet (pages 1-2) ran the deposition of Peter Ozeas, of Reading, Pennsylvania, who gave the following chilling accounts of the Continental Hospital there between 1777 and 1778.  Bodies laying out in the yard in the middle of the day, piled upon each other. Abuse at the hands of the doctors and medical staff. Disregard for the comfort of the wounded and sick. It’s pretty damn terrifying.  But read for yourself (remember that f‘s in the middle of words are read as s‘s):

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