Society for the History of Navy Medicine Selects Candidates for Naval Academy History Symposium

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine’s Paper Selection Board (Harry Langley, Professor of History Emeritus, Catholic University, Washington, DC and Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History and Chair Emerita, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA) have spoken.  They selected six of the sixteen papers submitted to them for inclusion in two panels that we today proposed for the Naval Academy History Symposium in September.

  • For Panel 1–“From Guantanamo to Puerto Rico to Project X231:  Medical Ethics, Biomedical Experimentation and Archeology”  The papers are “Welcome to Isolation! Understanding the first permanent quarantine station in 19th century Puerto Rico” by Paola A Schiappacasse, a PhD candidate at Syracuse University; “Germ Warfare:  Project X-231 and the Technological Challenge of Airborne Disease Control”, by Gerard J Fitzgerald, PhD, a visiting lecturer/scholar at the University of Virginia; and “Miliary Ethics and Military Duty:  The Role of Navy Physicians in the Force-Feeding of Guantanamo Bay Detainees”, by Raed Moustafa, a first year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine; Moustafa holds an MA and an MPH.
  • For Panel 2–“Health of Sailors”  The papers are “‘The most virulent case of Fever I have ever heard of’:  The Royal Navy, the Caribbean, and Yellow Fever, 1860-63”, by John Beeler, PhD, a professor of history at the University of Alabama; “Health of British Sailors stationed in the Caribbean during the American Revolution 1776-1783”, by Cori Convertito-Farrar, a graduate student at the University of Exeter in the UK; and “Suicide of an Admiral:  Its Impact on British Naval Operations in the West Pacific, 1854”, by Andrew Rath, a graduate student at McGill University, Montreal.

It is pleasing and exciting to note that four of the six paper proposals accepted are written by students (3 are graduate students, one is a medical student).  The Society is proud to offer financial support to any of the students whose papers are accepted for the Symposium.

Step one has been accomplished.  These proposed panels must now pass muster with Naval Academy planners.  Naval Academy officials indicate that their announcement will come in early March.

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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