A Look Back

Longtime Navy Medicine Historian Receives Prestigous Forrest Pogue Award

By André Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Oral histories are basic tools used to capture first-hand accounts and memories of particular events, time periods, as well as personal and career experiences. For the last thirty years, Bureau of Medicine (BUMED) has operated an active oral history program designed to document Navy Medicine’s own stories for posterity. The …

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Capt. Phillips and the Fight against Cholera

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) Cholera is a killing disease. It strikes quickly, and if you don’t get treatment quickly you die…Cholera is an intestinal disease. It quickly attacks the body’s organisms and causes acute uncontrollable diarrhea and great loss of body fluids…Cholera is also a highly contagious.   ~Voice of America Radio Documentary on …

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The President’s Vital Signs: A Look Back at FDR’s Heart Health

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Heavy smoker with high blood pressure…a devotee of fried foods…under chronic stress…occasional chest pains.    These factors would raise red flags for any physician, especially the one overseeing the health of the President of the United States. In a country where the president’s health is often seen as a reflection of the country’s well-being—it …

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Navy Hospital Corpsmen: Ready To Respond, Anytime, Anywhere

By Force Master Chief Sherman Boss Editors Note: Originally posted Feb. 18 – Navy Live, the official blog of the United States Navy The history of the Hospital Corps is well documented by heroes like the corpsmen who fought at Iwo Jima, as well as the many Navy ships and buildings that bear their name. Four hospital corpsmen received the Medal of …

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Ten Curious Facts about Navy Medicine’s Presidential History

By André B. Sobocinski, Historian, BUMED In August 1823, President James Monroe was seized with an acute illness (1).Navy Surgeon Bailey Washington (1784?-1854), ton duty at the nearby dispensary, was called to attend to the nation’s chief executive. Dr. Washington, a distant relative of our first commander in chief, was one of the first military physicians to actually treat a …

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