A Look Back

Navy Medicine and the Eradication of the Tetanus Menace

By André B. Sobocinski, BUMED Historian Before the advent of tetanus antitoxin, “lock-jaw” attacked many of the wounded and killed almost all of its victims. Antitoxin prophylaxis and treatment improved the situation but, in spite of the best possible use of antitoxic serum, tetanus still occurred, and those who developed the infection, the mortality remained high. ~Capt. W.W. Hall, MC, …

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The Gap between Medicine, Leadership and Statecraft: The Unexpected Way this Surgeon’s War College Experience Helped Close that Wound

By  Cmdr. David Gwinn, MC, Chief of Department of Orthopaedics and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Associate Professor Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences  I departed for War College anticipating broad and deep exposure to the U.S. foreign policy and national security strategy process. I hoped to learn the intricacies of the national security …

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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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