The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce that Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite will be our new Executive Director.
Professor Finley-Croswhite provided this short bio:
Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Annette Finley is an award-winning Professor of History at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she
has also served as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies (2001-06) and Chair of History (2006-10). A few of her awards at ODU include the Stern Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1994, the Most Inspiration Faculty Award, 2012, the Burgess Award for Research and Creativity, 2012, and the Broderick Award for Educational Accessibility, 2014. Dr. Finley’s scholarly work is focused on the history of religious violence. Her first book, Henry IV and the Towns: The Pursuit of Legitimacy in French Urban Society, 1589-1610 (Cambridge University Press, 1999, 2006) explored the French Wars of Religion and is considered as essential text for any scholar working in the field. She next published with Gayle K. Brunelle, Murder in the Métro: Laetitia Toureaux and the Cagoule in 1930s France (Louisiana State University Press, 2010, 2012) focused on right-wing terrorism in the 1930s. The work received rave reviews, especially for its well-crafted prose and was voted by History Today one of the top 15 history books published in 2010. Dr. Finley’s current research is tied to the French Holocaust/Shoah. She has received two grants (2011, 2012) from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies to develop coursework and research on the Holocaust, and she has developed study abroad courses to Auschwitz-Birkenau. She is also working on a book entitled Betrayal: Bombing Synagogues on the Streets of Paris, Igniting the French Holocaust. Dr. Finley also maintains a strong interest in maritime history. As Chair of the Department of History at ODU she created a “maritime focus” for her department and hired the department’s first maritime historian. In 2011, she organized and hosted the annual conference of the North American Society for Oceanic History. She maintains keen interest in French sailors in the Atlantic world, especially French medical experiments conducted in the 17th century in the Caribbean to improve the lot of men aboard ship. She has been involved with the Foundation and Society for the History of Navy Medicine almost since its beginning and welcomes the opportunity to serve as Executive Director.
She will officially take up the post at the beginning of the 2014-2015 Academic Year. Founding Executive Director Tom Snyder will assist in the transition of leadership from the recently resigned Jim Dolbow.
Jim Dolbow, the Society’s volunteer Executive Director since April 2013, in an email entitled “Going Ashore”, announced his resignation yesterday (27 June), due to the time demands of his day job as a Congressional staffer.
Members of the Board of Directors of the Society’s Foundation are consulting on steps necessary to assure the Society’s vitality going forward.
2 of all 2012 issues.
If you have any back issues you would like to donate, please contact our Executive Director Jim Dolbow at email@example.com to make arrangements to gift them to the Library or feel free to leave a comment.
Please remember all gifts of back issues are tax deductible. Thank you.
As part of your Society’s efforts to preserve and protect navy medicine history, we recently donated 3 navy hospital ship cruise books and 1 non-fiction book to the Navy Department Library.
Founded in 1800 by direction of President John Adams, the Navy Department Library is one of the oldest federal government libraries. Its 150,000 volumes are the nation’s most highly concentrated and accessible collections of literature on the United States Navy.
The SANCTUARY’S and COMFORT’s cruise books filled holes in the Navy Department Library’s cruise book collection.
Thanks to our generous donors that made these gifts possible. If you would like to support our program to acquire navy hospital ship books and epherma like Christmas dinner menus for the Navy Department Library, please click here.
The Society for the History Of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce that it has partnered with the Naval Institute Press to underwrite the conversion of the following Navy Medicine History books (many out of print) into eBooks:
Battle Station Sick Bay: Navy Medicine in World War II by Jan K. Herman
Navy Medicine Under Sail by Zachary B. Friedenberg
Ruff’s War: A Navy Nurse on the Frontline in Iraq by CDR Cheryl Lynne Ruff, USN (Ret.) and CDR K. Sue Rope, USN (Ret.)
Ship’s Doctor by CAPT Terrence Riley, Medical Corps, USN
Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam 1963-1964 by LCDR Bobbi Hovis, NC, USN (Ret.)
What a Way to Spend the War: Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines by Dorothy Still Danner
The good news is that we have the money to convert these books into eBooks to reach a new generations of readers. The BAD news is that it is in your pockets!
Please consider a gift today to our Society in order to convert these fabulous books into eBooks. All gifts to our Society are 100% tax deductible. Not a penny will be spent on overhead either!
Once you and I have reached our goal of $3,000, our Society will issue a check to the Naval Institute to begin converting these titles into eBooks. This is a win win for both our Society and the Naval Institute! Be sure to forward this post to friends of navy medicine history. Thank you!
With a shrill call of the bos’n’s pipe, a Naval officer is “piped over the side” – and departs.
Thus, it’s “Captain, U S Navy, departing” the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. I leave the Society in good hands. I look forward to its growing and flourishing under Jim Dolbow’s leadership.
Six years ago, I launched the Society for the History of Navy Medicine at the prompting of Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery historian André Sobocinski. André’s enthusiastic support and guidance helped make the early navigation sure.
Three years later, in February 2010, I floated this blog as a means of promoting the Society and garnering it attention in a larger world. Given the narrow confines of our little corner of the world of history, I think the blog has done well: 155 posts, more than 31,575 views, and 12 –>18 –> 40+ average views a day. In fact, when you consider that the typical academic journal article – I read somewhere – gets an average of 3 readers total, we’ve done very well indeed!
But, come 25 April, the conn and the helm of this enterprise will pass to a new, young, energetic Executive Director, Jim Dolbow. Jim will introduce himself here and on the Society website in the near future.
It’s been a wonderful cruise!
The Society has grown to around 170 members from around the world. We’ve mounted academic panels – thanks both to enthusiastic writers and a wonderful panel of academics who’ve served as our Papers Selection Board* – at annual meetings of the American Association for the History of Medicine (of which the Society is a “Constituent Society”), the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS) and the biennial Naval Academy McMullen History Symposium. We founded a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity to receive our members’ voluntary dues. We use this money to fund a Graduate / Professional Student Travel Grant Program that pays students $750 to give papers that are accepted at our panels. Last year, we initiated a Graduate Student Research Grant Program† that will annually provide up to $1500 in support for research in the area of the history of navy or maritime medicine.
As for the blog, when I go back over those 155 postings, I think some of them are actually pretty darned good! One interesting thing, though: my “opinion pieces”, which are simply that – opinion – typically have gotten twice to thrice the readership of the “historical” ones – those that I really labored over, performing decent research and providing proper footnoting. I don’t know if this says more about our readership, or about my historical writing! In any case, I come away from the blogging endeavor with a high respect for those professional writers who have to meet weekly – or worse, daily – deadlines. I felt the weekly demand quite literally sucking whatever waning creativity I had right out of my brain! I will be glad to knock these exertions down several notches!
So what does the future hold for a semi-salty old (I’ll be 70 on 25 April) doc?
A sprint, that’s what!
First, I’ll take my blogging – at a much more leisurely pace – to my personal website, www.thomaslsnyder.com. What I really want to do is complete writing my history of the Naval Hospital at Mare Island. Other historical projects include the Navy’s World War II V-12 Medical Program of accelerated medical (degree in 3 years vice 4) training; and of the roughly 75 hospitals the Navy created “for the purpose” during World War II, most of which virtually instantly disappeared soon after the war’s end; and my personal favorite, a creative surgical solution for a naval person destined for great fame.
But there’s more! In April 2014, I will assume the mantle of President of the Albany Medical College Alumni Association for two years. I am the first from west of the Hudson River (conceptually, anyway!) so selected. This is my medical alma mater’s recognition that it now has a national reach, with roughly 40% of its graduates living and practicing in the west. First among my presidential projects will be to create a robust network of class liaisons in order to develop a tighter bond between our alumni and the medical school. Here’s my motivation: medical education is immensely expensive and medical schools need large endowments to fund scholarships, professorships, research and capital investment. True, Albany Med’s endowment has recently grown – due in large part to efforts of the marvelously gregarious but very quality-serious Dean Vince Verdile – to around $140 million. But contrast that with Stanford Med, for example, which draws on an endowment of ~$1.4 billion. A reasonable goal for Albany Med, I’m told, is in the range of $400 -500 million. From an Alumni Association point of view, that’s a big challenge. But in collaboration with Maura Mack-Hisgen and her crew in the Alumni Office, Dean Verdile, and Terri Cerveny and her Office of Development outfit, we shall continue to build by steps – with purpose…
Then, I’m queued to take – late in 2015 – a two-year assignment as the national leader of an ancient (by U. S. standards, anyway) naval historical establishment which shall remain nameless until my appointment is made official. Here, if confirmed, I aim to be “the historical leader”, promoting “public history”, or “historical outreach” to the larger community by members of this much smaller, focused, organization.
So, come 2018, after this extended but no doubt exciting deployment, I’ll be – well and truly – ready to settle down to read and write history!
One key point: I could not have done any of this without the completely selfless, inspired, and even genius support of my sweetheart, the mother of my two fine sons, the love of my life, my very best friend and the center of my world – Gina Snyder.
* Our Papers Selection Board, since its inception, has benefited from the dedicated expertise of Professor Annette Finley-Croswhite (Old Dominion University), Jan Herman (now-Emeritus Historian of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery), and Professor Harry Langley (Emeritus, Catholic University; Emeritus Docent of the Navy Collection, Smithsonian Institution).
† Our Research Grant Selection Board members are Professors John Beeler (University of Alabama), Chris McKee (Emeritus, Grinnell) and Jennifer Telford (University of Connecticut)
©2013 Thomas L Snyder
Last April, the Society Executive Director (and your blogger-in-chief) announced that he would step down from these posts as of his 70th birthday, on 25 April 2013. In subsequent months, a few interested individuals held their collective breaths as we made a search for my successor. Then, happily, Jim Dolbow stepped forward to take on the task. Jim has a long and abiding love of Navy history. He’s worked as a contractor for the Naval History and Heritage Command, where he built readership of their social media into the “tens of millions”, according to his former boss there. Jim is very well connected with the Naval historical establishment throughout Washington DC. He will bring new ideas and new energy – “new directions” (same former boss) – to the Society. Jim will officially take the Conn on 25 April 2013. Welcome aboard, Jim!
This week, I had the great good fortune to attend a lecture by Navy Surgeon General VADM Matthew Nathan at the Marines Memorial Club in San Francisco. When questioned about the effect of the prospective sequester on Navy medicine, he opined that combat casualty care and post-combat care will not be affected. What concerned him, he said, was that as we withdraw troops from Afghanistan, we risk forgetting the lessons that have made our efforts to save life and limb there so remarkably successful.
Somehow, I don’t think our combat surgeons and corpsmen will forget these lessons: trauma surgeons will continue to train in big city hospitals, where Friday and Saturday night “rod and gun club” (as we called it in Chicago when I trained there) activities will continue to simulate combat conditions for years to come. Navy Corpsmen, the “first responders” in the field of combat – the ones who are present in the “platinum fifteen minutes” and are so responsible for saving lives after combat injuries – will soon be trained as Emergency Medical Technicians. If the Navy is wise, it will arrange to have its trauma surgeons return regularly to big city hospitals for refresher training, and its corpsmen, if they are not actively practicing their EMT arts, to also refresh their skills, in our larger cities.
What I would worry about more, however, is that the Navy bureaucracy will forget these lessons of history, and through the passage of time in peace, navy medical doctrine – and logistics – will fall out of date. Budget cuts may mean archaic or non-functional CT scanners and outdated materials in those Medlog lockers. I submit that it should remain a high priority that a dedicated team of medical logisticians annually review our forward positioned medical supplies to make certain that they contain state-of-the-art equipment and supplies, and that trauma care doctrine is regularly updated to reflect the latest best practices in combat casualty care.
©2013 Thomas L Snyder
Society News; Society Loss; Society Fosters an “Unexpected” Panel Proposal; Society Dues-Donation Season
This blog is “sponsored” by the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. As such, it’s time for a Society advertisement. Here goes:
Today I received in the mail a packet with this note:
-and a copy of this letter:Naval Historical Foundation Preservation, Education and Commemoration of Naval History 7 February 2012 Office of the Medical Historian Bureau of Medicine and surgery 2300 E St NW Washington DC 20372 Dear Mr [Jan] Herman, In accordance with the provisions of current OPNAV and SECNAV instructions governing acceptance of gifts, the Naval Historical Foundation hereby donates to the Office of the Medical Historian the journal of a Civil War naval surgeon, valued at $4,500.00. This hand-written, 154-page journal, authored by Acting Assistant Surgeon Ezra Pray, details is Navy appointment and service in the US Bark Fernandina from September 1861 through April 1862 when that ship was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron of the Union Navy. We look forward to partnering with you to publicize the acquisition and donation of tis unique document in the midst of the national commemoration of the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Sincerely, //s// Todd Creekman Charles T. Creekman, Jr. Captain, USN, (Ret.) Executive Director
This journal will be available for review and perusal after the Historian Office completes its BRAC-required move from Foggy Bottom to Falls Church, VA, probably by mid-to late-2012.
We were saddened to learn, by way of the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery publication The Grog of the passing of Society member Vice Admiral James Zimble in December 2011. VADM Zimble, former Surgeon General of the Navy and, later, President of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, was an early member and supporter of the Society. We are sorry for his loss, and offer our sincere condolences to his family.
A Society post to the listserv H-Sci-Med-Tech last month indicating a welcoming attitude from the American Historical Association concerning submissions on military history led to an inquiry from a scholar from Canada about proposing a panel on naval medicine. I circulated this inquiry to our membership. Society member John Beeler took the conn and the helm, and in very short order assembled the scholars and papers to form a panel on maritime health in the Caribbean in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Society’s motto is “Community, Collaboration, Camaraderie”; this was Community and Collaboration made real. We wish for Professor Beeler, Dr Cori Convertito, Professor Harold Langley and (our newest member) Dr Matthew Neufeld every good wish in having their panel accepted!
The Society is funded by the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine. It is through the generous gifts to the Foundation by Society members and others, that we can support such efforts as the gift of money to the Naval Historical Foundation mentioned above. The Society also sponsors a Graduate Student Travel Grant program which offers $750 grants to students whose papers are accepted for presentation at official Society-sponsored panels. We recently announced a Society Research Grant of $1500 to support work in the history of maritime medicine. Your gift to the Foundation, whether you’re a member or not, will be put to good use! Thank you.
The Society for the History of Navy Medicine announces a new annual grant of up to $1500 for research in the history of naval or maritime medicine. The grant is intended to support work being done by a student enrolled in a program leading to a degree above the baccalaureate level in history, medical history or the medical professions.
The grant may be used for travel to a research site; photocopying, photography or microfilming; borrowing or access fees; and similar research-related expenses. Society membership is encouraged but is not required.
Applications, consisting of a 1250 – 1750 word project description and a project budget, should be submitted electronically, no later than 15 April, to the Society Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. All submissions, marked with an identifying number only, will be reviewed by a panel of eminent historians. We will announce the winning submission by 1 July.
–17 January 2012
©2012 The Society for the History of Navy Medicine