'Hell on Wheels': Frontier medicine's a real killer
In one particularly gruesome scene, Cullen ( Anson Mount) performs a field operation on Lily ( Dominique McElligott), who has a piece of arrow lodged in her shoulder. Basically, he holds her down, pours whiskey on her blood and mud-smeared shoulder and pokes around in her flesh with a pair of stainless tongs as she squirms. Ouch.
Watch the full clip -- seen here first at Zap2it -- to find out more about frontier medicine and why -- at least in 1865 along the path of the transcontinental railroad -- germs killed more people than bullets did.
"Hell on Wheels" airs Sunday evenings at 10 p.m. ET on AMC.