A Look Back

Dr. Boone and the Creation of the Medicine Ball Cabinet

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery The president’s cabinet is convening this morning, but you will not find them in any boardroom or oval office. This is 1929 and the president is on the south lawn of the White House im­mersed in a new morning ritual that the press has dubbed “Hoover Ball.” Starched shirts …

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Navy Medicine Presents “The Grog”

It is with great pleasure that we present to you the latest edition of The Grog, A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture. In this issue, we offer our readers an original assortment of stories, essays, trivia and book reviews covering the topics of: the life and lessons of the heroic World War I nurse Edith Cavell, a look …

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Navy Medicine Highlights First African-Americans in the Navy Medical Department

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery From the dawn of the U.S Navy, African-Americans have played a vital role in its history and have embodied the basic tenets of service and commitment to duty. At the same time, the African-American experience in Navy history is a story about breaking barriers, living through a segregated service, …

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A Look Back: Navy Medicine in 1913

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Much has changed over the past 100 years in not only the United States, but in Navy Medicine as well.  Here’s a look back 100 years ago.  In 1913, the U.S. population had reached 97,225,000 and stretched across 48 states with the additions of Arizona and New Mexico into the Union. …

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Teddy Roosevelt and the Navy’s PRT

By Andre Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Today’s U.S. Navy espouses a “culture of fitness,” and “physical readiness,” but this was not always so.  In the early 1900s, many including the president himself, Theodore Roosevelt, were appalled by the lack of physical conditioning in the Navy. In his autobiography, Roosevelt wrote, “Many of the older officers …

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