Navy Medicine

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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NAMRU-6 Studies Fever to Predict Pandemics in Developing Countries

By NAMRU-6 Public Affairs LIMA, Peru – Navy Medicine researchers recently published a study reporting for the first time how fever affects mobility during an outbreak of a mosquito-borne pathogen like dengue. The study was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. The U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6 (NAMRU-6), in collaboration with several U.S. …

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I am Navy Medicine: Lt. Eric Green

By Lt. Eric Green, environmental health officer, Naval Hospital Pensacola Like so many others, my initial intention as a young man was to join the military to earn money for college and gain work experience. I grew up in a small town in north-central Pennsylvania called Galeton and followed the footsteps of my father by becoming very involved in the …

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The Mosquito Fighters: A Short History of Mosquitoes in the Navy – Part 1

By Andre B. Sobocinski, historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Over the course of the U.S. Navy’s history the mosquito has been a constant threat whose enduring swath of destruction far extends that of the Barbary Pirates, the Imperial Japanese fleet or even German U-boats. From the Navy’s first conflict – in the so-called Quasi-War with France (1797-1801) – our small …

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