Navy Medicine

Naval Hygiene in the Age of Epidemics

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED *** The Navy’s South Atlantic Squadron arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1894 just as a deadly disease epidemic hit the city.   To protect the crews, the shipboard surgeons—immersed in the principles of naval hygiene—issued a series of strict sanitary guidelines.  For months the Squadron remained in port and yet almost entirely free of …

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Navy Surgeon General testifies before the U.S. House Appropriations Committee

Editor’s note: Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, Navy surgeon general and chief, U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, provided the following opening remarks to the House Committee Appropriations , subcommittee on Defense during a hearing Mar 5, 2020 on Military Health System reform and readiness. Remarks as delivered by Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham Chairman Visclosky, Ranking Member Calvert, distinguished Members of the Subcommittee, on …

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The Navy’s Fight against Scurvy

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Scurvy patient, ca 1842. Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine Few diseases have been more synonymous with sailors than scurvy.   From the dawn of time scurvy has been described as the “Black Death of the sea,” and was once even as deadly as smallpox. Yet years after the British …

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The 39th Surgeon General of the Navy Launches Professional Reading List

Falls Church, Va.  U.S. Navy Surgeon General, Rear Adm. Bruce Gillingham, announced the launching of his professional reading list in a video released on February 27, 2020. “The reading list is comprised of books that have helped shape my perspective as I have developed as a doctor, naval officer, and leader over the course of three decades of service,” said …

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I Am Navy Medicine: Personnel Specialist 1st Class Briana Marlin

Not all the enlisted Sailors in Navy Medicine are hospital corpsman. Meet Personnel Specialist 1st Class Briana Marlin. The Caldwell, Idaho native is assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton. Shortly after graduating from Caldwell Senior High School, Marlin headed to the recruiting office to continue her family’s military service. “When I decided to join the Navy, …

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