A Look Back

The President’s Vital Signs: A Look Back at FDR’s Heart Health

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Heavy smoker with high blood pressure…a devotee of fried foods…under chronic stress…occasional chest pains.    These factors would raise red flags for any physician, especially the one overseeing the health of the President of the United States. In a country where the president’s health is often seen as a reflection of the country’s well-being—it …

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Navy Hospital Corpsmen: Ready To Respond, Anytime, Anywhere

By Force Master Chief Sherman Boss Editors Note: Originally posted Feb. 18 – Navy Live, the official blog of the United States Navy The history of the Hospital Corps is well documented by heroes like the corpsmen who fought at Iwo Jima, as well as the many Navy ships and buildings that bear their name. Four hospital corpsmen received the Medal of …

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Ten Curious Facts about Navy Medicine’s Presidential History

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED In August 1823, President James Monroe was seized with an acute illness (1).Navy Surgeon Bailey Washington (1784?-1854), ton duty at the nearby dispensary, was called to attend to the nation’s chief executive. Dr. Washington, a distant relative of our first commander in chief, was one of the first military physicians to actually treat a …

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Naval Hospital Bremerton staff members share their ‘Unwavering Strength’ for a New Year, New You, Pt. I

 By Douglas H. Stutz, Naval Hospital Bremerton Public Affairs One risked everything – including death – to escape to freedom. One faced multiple ordeals – including loss – overcoming each with strong faith. As Navy Medicine focuses on the theme of a ‘New Year and New You,’ there are two staff members at Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) who have gone …

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A Look Back: Navy Medicine in 1915

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian The year 1915 saw the hopes of a short war in Europe crushed by further entrenchment, weaponization of poison gas and Germany’s policy of unrestricted submarine warfare. Although the United States would remain neutral throughout the year, the loss of the Cunard liner Lusitania along with 124 American lives in May would help change that.  On …

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