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A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy - Harold D. Langley

A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy

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Published: 30th September 2000
For Ages: 22+ years old
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In this first detailed history of the development of medical treatment and professionalization in the early U.S. Navy, Harold Langley traces the evolution of medical practice in the Navy from the time Congress authorized the building of the first frigates in 1794, to the establishment of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in the Navy Department in 1842. Langley reveals that the earliest federal efforts to deal with sailors' health care problems were seriously flawed. The early hospital system was poorly funded, sailors' contributions were misappropriated, and the hospitals themselves were often administered in a shameful fashion. At the same time, medical officers commanded little respect from their naval colleagues, who rarely considered medical men to be "real officers."

In the first half of the nineteenth century, legal and administrative changes significantly improved the lot of medical officers and of the men under their care. Langley shows how these changes helped to shape health care in the later U.S. Navy. He also offers detailed descriptions of just what the naval doctor did, and examines the influence of health on readiness, morale, promotions, and retention.

A remarkable labor of love, Harold Langley's substantial volume records the lives of early U.S. naval surgeons, the engagements in which they were involved and the casualties they treated, in painstaking and often gory detail. -- Roy Porter * Nature * Chronicling half a century of history in acomprehendible, yet thorough fashion is no easy task. In A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy, Harold Langley is able to accomplish both... an impressive overview of medicine in the early Navy. -- Sarah Tronic * Navy Medicine *

List of Illustrationsp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Secretaries of the Navy, 1798-1843p. xix
The Health, Welfare, and Safety of Seamenp. 1
The Quasi-War with Francep. 19
Medicine and Health in the Quasi-Warp. 53
The Barbary Warsp. 79
New Orleansp. 107
Medical Care Ashore: Bostonp. 125
Naval Health Care in the North and Southp. 141
Washington, D.C.p. 161
The War of 1812 at Seap. 175
The War of 1812 Ashorep. 201
The War of 1812 on the Lakesp. 219
Toward a More Professional Servicep. 241
Health Care and Hospitals, 1816-1829p. 267
Continuing Reform Effortsp. 291
Health Problems, 1829-1842p. 315
The Growth of Professionalismp. 335
Establishment of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgeryp. 351
Abbreviationsp. 361
Notesp. 363
Bibliographyp. 407
Indexp. 427
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ISBN: 9780801866722
ISBN-10: 0801866723
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 30th September 2000
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.76