Announcing the Papers Accepted for Presentation at the Society’s McMullen Symposium Panel

The Society is proud to announce these papers have been selected for our panel on the history of maritime medicine at the Naval Academy McMullen Naval History Symposium at Annapolis, 19 – 20 September 2019.

The name of the Session is The Health of Sailors.


“Those Wretched souls…” – The Health and Morale of European and American Seamen in Nineteenth Century British India, by Manikarnika Dutta, PhD Candidate, Welcome Unit in the History of Medicine, University of Oxford

Climate, disease and colonialism: the Massaua port in the Italian studies of tropical medicine (end of XIX Century – mid-XX Century, by Costanza Bonelli, PhD Candidate, University of Rome La Sapienza

Pride and Prejudice: Reforms, and the Rise in Status of British Naval Surgeons During the French Republican and Napoleonic Wars (1793 – 1815), by Gerald Stulc, MD, FACS (ret), CAPT, MC, USNR (RET)

Dynamics of Early 20th Century Measles Outbreaks at the U.S. Naval Academy, by Andrew Bobb, PhD, LCDR, MSC, USN; Mitchell Winkie, MIDN 1/c, USNA; Virginia F Smith, PhD, Department of Chemistry, USNA

Congratulations to the scholars!

The President of our panel will be RADM Frederick Sanford, MC, USN (RET).

Our Commentator will be Annette Finley-Croswhite, PhD, University Professor and Professor of History, Old Dominion University.

Sincere thanks to our Papers Selection Board: Dale C Smith, PhD, Professor of Military Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, President; Paul Berman, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Emeritus), University of Massachusetts School of Medicine; Mark F Leep, MA, JD, MBA, Office of Research, Boncours Health Systems, Virginia.

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A Letter to Our Members and Friends: Society News

I sent the letter below to Society members today:

Dear Members and Friends of the Society,
Some time ago, I told you I would send out the current Treasurer’s Report so that you can see how efficiently your Society is run, and as a reminder that we are always appreciative of our members’ dues-donation support. I’m pleased to attach the report for fiscal year 2018, just given to the Foundation Board of Directors today. [Editor’s note: I cannot attach the report to this post. If you want to see it, contact me at]
Two of our Board members resigned today. Captain Joel Labow, MC, USN (Ret) has served on the Board for several years. He resigns because of health issues. We appreciate his years of service and guidance. Captain Kenneth Hagan, USN (Ret) has been on the Board for two years. He resigned for logistical reasons. We appreciate his service and guidance as well. We are now looking for volunteers to serve on our Board. This is reasonably light work, requiring perhaps 3 or 4 hours of concentrated mental work per year, relating to our annual Board meetings. Contact me by reply, with your CV, if you are interested.
I’m pleased to announce that the Board elected Robert T Bramson, MD Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Dr Bramson was chief of Pediatric Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, then executive VP of the radiology department at Boston Childrens Hospital. He retired as associate professor from Harvard.
Finally, our Book Prize and Papers Selection Boards are hard at work selecting the next winner of Harry J Langley Book Prize and the best papers for our panel at the McMullen Naval History Symposium at Annapolis in September. Announcements of winners are due at the end of April.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of the Society.
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Announcing the Society’s McMullen Symposium Papers Selection Board

The Society is pleased to announce the following members have volunteered to serve in selecting the best papers for presentation at the 2019 McMullen Naval History Symposium. They are:

Dale Smith, PhD. (President of the Board). Dr. Smith is Professor of Military Medicine and History at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences and Chair of that University’s Military and Emergency Medicine Committee on Appointments, Promotion, and Tenure. He is an award winning writer in medical history. His areas of interest are the history of medical education, the history of infectious diseases, the history of surgery, and the problems of patient evacuation in military operations.

Paul Berman, MD. Dr Berman is a retired Internist and a medical historian, with concentration on 19th century American medicine. He is a member of the American Association for the History of Medicine and the American Osler Society.

Mark F Leep, J.D. Mr Leep, a former Marine Corps captain, has a 25 year career in human subjects research protections and other research enterprise regulatory and operational functions as an attorney for industry drug and device sponsors, clinical research organizations, physician researchers, and academic and community health care institutions, and as an Institutional Review Board member and vice chair, consultant, and human research protections operations leader.

Under Dr Smith’s guidance, the Board will select the best of the papers submitted for presentation at the Society’s panel at the McMullen Naval History Symposium in Annapolis in September. The Board plans to announce its selections no later that 15 April.

©2019 The Society for the History of Navy Medicine


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McMullen Symposium Papers Selection Board

It looks like we will have several papers submissions for our panel(s) at the McMullen Naval History Symposium in September. That means we need to stand up a Papers Selection Board to screen the submissions and select the best for presentation.

I’m looking for three volunteers for this purpose. I’d like to have a balance of academics and health professionals on this board. If you are interested, please send me your name and short CV / bio at


©2019 Thomas L Snyder

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Reminder: Call for Papers Deadline 15 February

This is a reminder that the Society will mount a 3-paper academic panel (or more, if good paper proposals come flowing in) at the Naval Academy McMullen Naval History Symposium, 19 – 20 September 2019. The deadline for paper submissions is 15 February.

Remember also that the Society offers travel grants of up to $850 for graduate / professionals students whose papers are selected for presentation.

Please submit your summary and short bio to me at

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2019 Papers Panel Date Announced

The United States Naval Academy Department of History has generously agreed to host the Society’s papers panel(s) at its 2019 McMullen Naval History Symposium on Thursday and Friday, 19 and 20 September.

Today, the Society is releasing its Call for Papers. 250 word abstracts (in Word(r) format) and brief personal biographical resume should be submitted to the Society Executive Director ( no later than 15 February 2019.

Generous travel grants are available for graduate / professional students whose papers are accepted for presentation.

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Society Names Members of the Langley Book Prize Selection Board

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine is pleased to announce the members of the selection board tasked with selecting a recently published book concerning the history of maritime medicine, the author(s) of which will receive the Harry D Langley Book Prize in the autumn of 2019. They are:

Robert T Bramson, MD. Doctor Bramson has been Associate Professor of Radiology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine (1985-1992) and Harvard School of Medicine (2002-2006). He was book and manuscript reviewer for several radiology journals for more than two decades. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1971.

Barry M Gough, PhD. Professor Gough is a military and naval historian. He is University Professor Emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University and Adjunct Professor of War Studies and History at the Royal Military College of Canada. The most recent addition to his extensive bibliography is Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty, published in 2017.

Andre’ B Sobocinski. Mr Sobocinski is the Historian at the U.S. Navy’s Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, a post he has held for 12 years. Educated in history, psychology and information science, he is the author of more than 200 works relating to the history of navy medicine.

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