Recent Books by Members of the Society for the History of Medicine-2

The Mission of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine is to encourage research, study and publication of all aspects of the history of maritime medicine.

Society member James O Finnegan, MD, was a combat surgeon in Vietnam during the siege of Khe Sanh. His book In the Company of Marines: A Surgeon Remembers Vietnam relates his experiences and brings forth the tremendous respect Finnegan developed for the Marines with whom he served. The Marines must have held Dr Finnegan in pretty high regard, too, for they saw to it that he was awarded a Bronze Star with Combat “V” to accompany his Purple Heart–and the Marines are known for taking such awards very seriously.

With often poignant and moving vignettes, his is a very personal take on a unique corner of the history of Navy medicine.

Jim Finnegan practices general and thoracic surgery in Pennsylvania.


About thomaslsnyder

Retired urological surgeon and navy reservist. Writing the history of the Navy's first hospital on the U S west coast, at Mare Island, California. Founder and Executive Director, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Founder and Coordinator of the Albany Base Hospital No. 33 Society, a military affinity group at Albany Medical College, my alma mater. Past Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States and founder and past Commander of the Naval Order's "virtual" Continental Commandery. Naval Order Ship's Store manager and Assistant Treasurer General. Member of the Solano County (California) Historical Records Commission.
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