A Look Back

Five Facts about African-Americans in Navy Medicine

By Andre Sobocinski, Historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery African-Americans were among the first Sailors to serve as loblolly boys (precursors of today’s hospital corpsmen). Among these first medical Sailors was Joseph Anderson, a 16-year-old loblolly boy who served aboard the schooner USS Eagle in 1800.   On  July 26, 1943 the first class of African-Americans entered Hospital …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 3

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, BUMED “Dryness, coolness, fresh air, sunshine, cleanliness of body, clothes and bedding, good food, pure water, temperance, refreshing sleep, occupation exercise, cheerfulness, and contentment of mind…” ~A Recipe for Good Health by Medical Inspector Albert Gihon, USN, 1871 For much of the nineteenth century the United States was losing a war to an overlooked threat. …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 2

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, BUMED When you … arrive at Thompson’s Island you will investigate with utmost care the origins, progress and present state of the sickness which prevails on the island and in the Squadron.” ~Secretary of the Navy Samuel Southard to Commodore John Rodgers, October 1823 W hen the United States acquired the Spanish colony of Florida …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program Part IV

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Part IV: Bioastronautics and Medical Recovery It was a strange and exciting sensation. And yet it was so mild and easy—much like the rides we had experienced in our trainers—that it somehow seemed very familiar. I felt as if I had experienced the whole thing before….Nothing could possibly …

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Supporting the “The Right Stuff”: Looking Back at the Navy Medical Department and the Mercury Space Program Part III

By André B. Sobocinski, historian, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Part III: The Mercury Seven Visit Naval Medical Research Institute “We spent two years doing many things and following up many avenues to make sure we had not overlooked anything. We crammed ourselves full of knowledge. We built up our stamina on the big machines. And we got …

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