Happy Thanksgiving

At Thanksgiving, I often like to post old menus from events held on naval ships or in naval hospitals from times past.  This year I was intrigued to read an article in a local news source explaining just what it takes to feed sailors a Thanksgiving meal in 2017. Apparently, for ships, a head count is determined in September, and the food is ordered 21 days in advance.  All that so turkeys can go into the ovens at 3AM on Thanksgiving Day to ensure that lunch begins at 11AM! And just like at home, sailors even get left-overs later in the day.

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/11/21/how-navy-prepares-thanksgiving-500-5-easy-to-read-steps.html

Imagine, this year the Navy is feeding 324,000 men and women around 89,000 pounds of turkey, 17,000 pounds of stuffing with 15,000 pounds of gravy!  That makes, a Happy Navy Thanksgiving!

http://navylive.dodlive.mil/2017/11/22/feeding-the-fleet-on-thanksgiving-by-the-numbers/

Since the article referenced above concerns Hampton Roads and the USS George H.W Bush, I’m including  a menu from the US Naval Hospital in Hampton Roads, Virginia from 1918.  While turkey and cranberry sauce were/are staples of Thanksgiving then and now, I doubt sailors today will be treated to cigars and cigarettes at the end of their meals as they were in 1918!!!

Surely the US Navy is much healthier today.

https://archive.org/details/NHHamptonRoadsThanksgivingDinner1918

I hope all members, friends and family of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine have a lovely Thanksgiving.  It’s a great holiday shared by people of diverse ethnicities and backgrounds throughout the nation. Thanksgiving gives us all time to be introspective and reflect on life’s blessings.

Let me conclude by saying that the Society for the History of Navy Medicine and the board members of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine would like to thank you, our members, for your wonderful support.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine

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SHNM Member publishes a new book!

Eduardo Gerding, MD, formerly of the Argentine Navy, reports the release of his new book.  Dr. Gerding is a member of our Society.  He is pictured below at a book signing.  In the first picture on the left, Dr. Gerding is in the middle.

His book, The Nottingham-Malvinas Group: The First Ten Years at the Circulo Militar, was published this week.  Congratulations Dr. Gerding!

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Attention: Deadline extended: Please attend! Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 22-25, 2018.

Please consider proposing a panel or paper for the upcoming conference in San Antonio.

We want to be present at this important conference.

San Antonio, Texas, US

Proposals New Deadline: 1 December 2017

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences along with the Society for the History of Navy Medicine will be co-sponsoring a conference on the medical history of WWI.

It will be hosted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations on all facets of naval medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of navy medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of navy medicine; navy medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar navy medical issues; navy mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.  A special call is made for papers tied to gender and navy medicine, especially in the context of navy nurses who served in World War I.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.  Shorter papers will be accepted.

A travel grant award for graduate students who wish to present papers at the conference will be offered.  Encourage graduate students to submit papers.  Any facet of naval medicine will be acceptable.

Those interested in presenting in the context of naval medicine please contact the Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History, Old Dominion University, acroswhi@odu.edu

THE NEW DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1, 2017.

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Avoid careless talk…

As many of you know, I work on Holocaust history.  Today I happened on a World War II propaganda poster in the US Holocaust Memorial Museum collection that I found quite interesting.  I’ve read it was one of the most popular posters of the era and became quite ubiquitous during the war.  It emphasized the importance of being careful about the kinds of information one might give out, that any leak of information could lead to the loss of life.  In the poster, a gold star Navy family is recognized for their loss, beautifully conveyed by the loyal cocker spaniel resting on his master’s naval uniform.  It’s really quite touching.  The link takes you to the collection at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1988.42.9.

Thanks, Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D.

https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn520953

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Our own Tom Snyder’s Moment to Shine!

https://www.reachmd.com/programs/clinicians-roundtable/the-history-american-naval-medicine-a-military-doctors-society-mission/9658/

Please click on the link below to hear our Society Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Thomas Snyder, talk about the history of navy medicine.

 

 

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Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 22-25, 2018. Medical History of WWI

Call for Papers: Medical History of WWI

San Antonio, Texas, US

Proposals Deadline: 1 November 2017

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences along with the Society for the History of Navy Medicine will be co-sponsoring a conference on the medical history of WWI.

It will be hosted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations on all facets of naval medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of navy medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of navy medicine; navy medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar navy medical issues; navy mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.  A special call is made for papers tied to gender and navy medicine, especially in the context of navy nurses who served in World War I.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.

A travel grant award for graduate students who wish to present papers at the conference will be announced at a later date.

Those interested in presenting in the context of naval medicine please contact the Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History, Old Dominion University, acroswhi@odu.edu

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Navy Nurses and World War I

1836 nurses served in the Naval Nurse Corps during World War I ,and 327 of those nurses were stationed at bases overseas.  What do you know about Navy Nurses?  Why not write in and share your knowledge.  Share something about navy nurses in a brief email to me, and I’ll post your information on our Society for the History of Navy Medicine website.  Pictures are welcome.  Write to me at acroswhi@odu.edu.

We are gearing up for more conference news. Next year we will be joining the Army Medical Department Center for History and Heritage for a conference focused on Medicine and World War I.  The conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas from March 22-25, 2018.  Start thinking now about contributing a paper; we will put out a call for papers soon.

The picture below is a shot of US Navy Nurses in Scotland during World War I.  Source: http://www.blitzkriegbaby.de/nnc/nnc1a.htm.

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All the best,

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine

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