A Look Back

An Eye for an Eye: Navy Dentistry and the Development of the Acrylic Eye

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery “It’s an eye for an eye. The New eye is not flesh and it has no ability to see—but no one glancing at it would ever suspect that.” ~James Nevins Miller, Mechanix Illustrated Magazine, June 1946 *** The year is 1944. At Naval Hospital Bethesda, Md., doctors are …

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Gassed! Navy Medicine and the poison gas threat of World War I

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery At 0400 on April 13, 1918 shouts of “Gas attack!” could be heard across Camp Fontaine-St. Robert in the Verdun Sector of France.  Located two miles from the front, this wooden hollow served as the makeshift quarters for 300 Marines and Sailors of the 74th Company, 6th Marine …

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Navy Medicine Highlights so far in 2018

Editors Note: Can you believe we’re halfway through 2018? We can’t either! Here’s a look back at some of the highlights of this year as of July 1st, 2018. Be sure to come back to this post towards the end of the year for a year in review.  ‘Navy Care’ Virtual Health App Launches at Naval Hospital Jacksonville Navy Medicine …

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What’s in a name: USS Litchfield (DD-336) and her namesake hospital corpsman

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery For as long as there has been a U.S. Navy, ships have been named after military heroes, politicians, and individuals who have made important contributions to the service.1 USS Litchfield (DD-336) is one of hundreds of ships to follow this practice. But unlike those commissioned before or after, …

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The Saga of the Northcotts: Three Brothers at Bilibid Prison

By André B. Sobocinski Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery In the annals of naval history, perhaps there are no more famous siblings than the Sullivans—five brothers whose lives were lost aboard USS Juneau (CL-52) at Guadalcanal in 1942. Less well-known are the Northcott brothers—John (b. 1918), Robert (b.1920) and Thomas (b.1921)—three seamen apprentices-turned hospital corpsmen who miraculously …

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