Sailors

Reflections of my Father

By Loretta L. Stein, MD I grew up inspired by my father’s genuine dedication and seemingly boundless energy for taking care of patients. I remember hearing him call his post- op patients from home at the end of the day to check on how they were feeling. I recall admiring the prominently displayed thank you cards and gifts from patients …

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The Bizarre Loophole in the Navy’s No-Pregnancy Policy

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Disclaimer. The names of nurses in this story have been changed to protect their identities.   October 12, 1962 – Hours into his first day as commanding officer of Naval Hospital Newport, Rhode Island, Capt. Edward Hogan learned he had a personnel problem, one for the ages.(2)  Nothing, other than careful study of the “Parent …

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Invictus Games 2014: A Medical Perspective

By Cmdr. John Biery, senior medical advisor, Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor I had the incredible honor of supporting the wounded warrior athletes participating in the Invictus Games in London this past September.  It was the first-ever international adaptive athletics competition for wounded, ill or injured service members from 13 countries – from Afghanistan, to Germany, to New Zealand. …

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A Brief History of U.S. Navy Psychiatric Diagnoses, Part I

By André B. Sobocinski, Navy Medicine Historian It has become popular to decry a diagnosis of psychiatric illness with the argument that each patient is an individual so different that standard labels cannot be applied. This point of view ignores the fact that in psychiatry as well as in all medical disciplines, accurate diagnosis is the keystone of appropriate treatment …

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 Expressions of Gratitude Go a Long Way

 By Lt. Jay Morrison, Naval Hospital Guam As we move through suicide prevention month, we’re reminded of the important warning signs to watch for in our shipmates, and to spot signs of trouble: increased substance use, withdrawal, recklessness, changes in mood or personality, and especially expressions of hopelessness or wishes to die. We’ve heightened our sensitivity to shipmates who feel alienated, …

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