Navy Medicine Features

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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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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I am Navy Medicine: Roger Smith

Story by Douglas Stutz “I am Roger B. Smith, retired Navy chief petty officer and staff member working at Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton. In a Navy career – active duty and civilian federal service spanning approximately four decades – service before self is the norm for Mr. Roger B. Smith. As Navy Medicine Readiness Training Command Bremerton’s Information …

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I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Emma Nolan

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meagan Christoph “I am Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Emma Nolan, assigned to Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton.” Nolan, from Lowell, Ore., graduated from Lowell Junior/Senior High School in 2014 and became a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in 2017 at Pioneer Pacific College, Springfield, Ore. She joined the Navy shortly after earning her …

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I am Navy Medicine: Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jesus Albarran

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meagan Christoph The leading petty officer (LPO) of the Family Medicine Department at Navy Medicine Readiness and Training Command (NMRTC) Bremerton, Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jesus Albarran, was named Senior Sailor of the Quarter (SSOQ) for the first quarter Jan. 24, 2020. Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Jesus Albarran poses for a photo in the Navy …

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