Conference on the Medical History of Vietnam

Dear Society Members,

Our friends at the Office of Medical History for the US Army Medical Command draw your attention to the attached conference notice.  CFP 2016 Medical History Conference(1)

Special Thanks!

Our joint conference in Monterey was a great success, (see the posts below).  The Society for the History of Navy Medicine wishes to thank the Naval Historical Foundation and the North American Society for Oceanic History for inviting us to participate in such a wonderful conference.  Special thanks so to: Professor Warren Riess, President of NASOH and RADM John T. Mitchell, Jr., USH (Ret), President of NHF as well as Gary Ohls from the Naval War College and Victor Mastone from Underwater Archeological Resources.  SHNM particularly thanks NHM for the fantastic reception at the Casa Serrano in Monterey.

Our Panelists in Monterey and other fun pictures!

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine recently participated in a Joint Conference in Monterey, California with the Naval Historical Foundation and the North American Society for Oceanic History.  The previous post discusses this conference. This one includes some pictures: 1) Executive Director Annette Finley-Croswhite (far right) with our panelists, Diane Cooper, Anthony Wilson, and Zack Mason; 2) Reception at the Casa Serrano hosted by the Naval Historical Foundation; 3) Harry Langley talking to Alex Croswhite, guest of Annette Finley-Croswhite; 4) Harry Langley and Tom Snyder out on the town in Carmel; and, 5) The titles of our papers in the program.

SHNM Panelists and Finley

SHNM and Casa Serrano

SHNM Alex C and  Harry

SHNM Harry and Tom

SHNM Monterey Program

Conference In Monterey—A Grand Success!

Highlights from “The Pacific—The Peaceful Ocean?” A Joint Conference of the Naval Historical Foundation, the North American Society for Oceanic History, and the Society for the History of Navy Medicine

May 13-16, 2015 in Monterey, California was really an exciting time for the members of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine and all attendees of the joint conference.   The Society for the History of Navy Medicine was thrilled to participate and included three officers in attendance, Executive Director, Professor, Annette Finley-Croswhite, Board Member and Professor Emeritus Harold Langley, and Secretary/Treasurer, Captain Thomas Snyder, MC, USN, RET. We were particularly thrilled that Harry Langley made the trip to California from Virginia. Professor Langley is the 2014 Commodore Dudley W. Knox Naval History Lifetime Achievement Award Winner from the Naval Historical Foundation. At the age of ninety he is still an active participant and dear friend of the Society and its members. Executive Director Finley-Croswhite had the pleasure of introducing her teenage son, Alex Croswhite, to Professor Langley and they had a marvelous conversation at the Casa Serrano conference reception on historic flag preservation. The Naval Historical Foundation hosted the delightful reception at Casa Serrano in downtown Monterey.

The conference included a fascinating panel sponsored by the Society for the History of Navy Medicine entitled “Medical Care in a Pressurized Sewer Pipe: Word War II Pharmacy Mates assigned to Submarines.” Three papers were presented: Anthony Wilson offered “USS Pampanito World War II Submarine Museum and Memorial,” Zack Mason tackled “Sub Docs: A Cultural Analysis of the Day to Day Activities of the Pharmacist’s Mates aboard American Submarines During the Second World War,” and Diane Cooper presented “Ordinary Men, Extraordinary Deeds: The Forgotten Pharmacy Mates of World War II.” Professor Finley-Croswhite, chaired the session, made a very brief comment, and ran the question and answer session. The panelists all revealed fascinating insight into what they called the “Silent Service,” a group of corpsmen with specialized training who served as the key medical officers on submarines during World War II.   The history of these Pharmacist Mates is not well known, and so the papers not only illuminated a little-known area of medical history but also created something of a spoken memorial to these courageous and innovative men in the naval medical corps.

Diane Cooper is the Curator of the USS Pampanito, World War II Submarine Museum and Memorial; Anthony Wilson is an Educator on the USS Pampanito, and Zach Mason works for the National Park Service on the East coast. Zack was also the recipient of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine Graduate Student Travel Grant that allowed him to make the trip form the East coast to attend the conference. He recently received his MA in Maritime Studies from East Carolina University and is pursuing his interests in submarine technology, cultural landscapes, and emergency medicine.

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine thanks the Naval Historical Foundation and the North American Society for Oceanic History for having included us in this engaging conference in beautiful Monterey. We’d also like to thank Diane, Anthony, and Zack for offering such interesting papers!

Exciting News! SHNM and NASOH to partner for conference in beautiful Monterey!

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine to partner with the North American Society for Oceanic History for conference in Monterey, May 13-16, 2015.

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting. Our meeting will take place in partnership with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH). The meeting will be held in beautiful Monterey, California from May 13-16 2015 and in conjunction with the Naval Postgraduate School there.

NASOH’s conference theme is: “Pacific—the Peaceful Ocean,” but we welcome papers on any theme tied to Navy medicine and hope to continue our emphasis on the centennial commemoration of World War

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter. Proposals are due March 11, 2015. A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students. A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.

For more details see the NASOH website:

http://www.nasoh.org/conference.html – http://www.nasoh.org/conference.html

Dear Society Members,

Thank you for your interest in the Society for the History of  Navy Medicine.  We have decided to cancel our attendance at the American Association for the History of Medicine Conference in April at Yale.  We hope to soon pick a new venue for our annual meeting that will make it easier for more of our members to attend.  I hope to announce a new venue within a week or so followed by a new “Call for Papers.”

Thank you for staying committed to the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Executive Director

End of year giving

Dear Members of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine,

I hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve celebration and a great beginning to 2015. I’m also hoping that 2015 is a wonderful year for all of us and our Society will grow and prosper.

If you have the time and inclination, please consider making a year end, tax deductible contribution to the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. All monies go to the Society and our graduate student travel and research grants. Any support you can offer is greatly appreciated.

Just go to the Society main page: http://historyofnavymedicine.org and click on Contribute—from there find Donate.

With sincere thanks,

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine

Professor of History

Old Dominion University

Send us your proposals—-Come to Yale for Navy Medical History!

Dear Society Members,

Don’t forget that we are collecting papers now in order to launch a panel at the American Association for the History of Medicine conference.  The deadline is approaching.  Please consider coming to Yale in April. 

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting.

Our meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine to be held in New Haven, Connecticut from April 30-May 2, 2015. Our session will be held on April 30th.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the history of navy medicine. In recognition of the centennial commemoration of World War I, we particularly welcome papers focused on navy medicine and World War I.

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers. Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter. Proposals are due December 31, 2014. A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students. A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.

Happy Holidays

Towards the end of this year I’ve been trying to educate myself a bit about Navy Nurses. I read a wonderful book by Emily Mayhew called “Wounded” that talks about Army nurses during World War I. In fact, World War I opened up so many opportunities for women. In 1917 when the US entered World War I there were only 160 Navy Nurses, and by 1918 there were 1550. Many of these women were loaned to the Army because of a shortage of nurses on the Western Front, and so many Navy nurses served in France in particular. I am a French historian, so that interests me in particular. I have included a picture here taken on the USS Pocahontas en route to France in 1918 featuring 4 Navy nurses.

The holidays are here and I’m sure we are all very busy with family plans and activities. I wanted to take a moment out of my schedule to wish all members of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine a wonderful holiday season. As I think more and more about the centennial commemoration of World War I, I often think of the Christmas Eve Truce which occurred 100 Years ago tomorrow night. It is commonly told that on that evening British and German troops put down their arms and began singing carols, eventually visiting each other and playing soccer. A similar truce was held on the Eastern Front.

Our Society is made up of people of all backgrounds. I wish everyone Happy Holidays and hope you have a wonderful Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas or whatever celebration you enjoy this time of year.

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Executive Director

Photo from the Naval History and Heritage Commmand, NHH 82963

Navy Nurses go to France

SHNM Call for Conference Paper Proposals

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce a call for papers to its 7th meeting.

Our meeting will take place in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine to be held in New Haven, Connecticut from April 30-May 2, 2015.  Our session will be held on April 30th.

We welcome submissions on any aspect of the history of navy medicine.  In recognition of the centennial commemoration of World War I, we particularly welcome papers focused on navy medicine and World War I.

You are welcome to submit complete panels or single-authored papers.  Paper proposals should include an abstract of no more than 300 words explaining the topic as well as a two-page vita of the presenter.  Proposals are due December 31, 2014.  A limited number of travel grants are available for graduate students.  A SHNM Conference Committee will review proposals and make selections.

Please submit proposals to: acroswhi@odu.edu and put “SHNM Conference Paper” in the subject line.