From Conflict to Respect: A History of Medical Professionals in the United States Navy from 1880-1910 Introduction Ever since it converted a sixty-foot wooden sailboat into its first official Navy “hospital ship” in 1804 (Harper 1994, 1), The United States Navy has a long history of employing not only traditional seamen and sea captains to serve on its fleets, but also medical professionals, male and female, from a wide variety of backgrounds, who played an integral role in promoting the overall mission of the navy and carrying out its rich traditions. This paper will document the growth of the medical profession and the practice of medicine in the United States Navy during the years 1880-1910, including a discussion of how medical...The end:
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