Sailors

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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A Culture of Safety and Quality

As a system of health, and as individuals in that system, we rightfully take great pride in our combat medicine performance over the last twelve years of war. There are a number of characteristics evident in that performance that are hallmarks of a learning system focused on continuous improvement: a demand for data – paired with an openness to reporting, …

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