Society to Mount Luncheon Panel at AAHM Annual Meeting in Baltimore; Society Blogsite

Since the year following its 2006 founding, the Society for the History of Navy Medicine has sponsored a panel of scholars at national meetings. For our first three years, we mounted panels at annual meetings of the American Association for the History of Medicine (AAHM – of which the Society is a constituent Society). Three years ago, we decided to diversify our outreach to include not only historians of medicine, but also the “creators” of naval medical history (as represented by the naval medical professionals who are members of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United State – AMSUS, in 2010), and the military historians (as represented by the Society of Military History or, as in 2011, the U S Naval Academy History Symposium).

For 2012, we return to our “roots” at AAHM. Because of the unique nature of our papers – personal stories of Navy medicine and surgery in Vietnam – Jole Shackleford, AAHM Program Chair, has offered us the unique venue of a luncheon panel. Our panel will be located at a Baltimore restaurant convenient to the conference site. This format allows us more flexibility than in the more formally academic panels of the regular meeting. So, we can enjoy a free ranging discussion between panelists and attendees without strict time constraints. Two of our three panelists – Bob Bramson and Jim Finnegan – are physicians who served in Vietnam, or who developed their experience in treating Vietnam veterans. Our third panelist – Jan Herman – is well known as the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery’s lead historian; Jan will speak about experiences and stories coming out of his Vietnam Oral History Project.

The AAHM conference will be at the Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 26 – 29 April 2012. The date and venue of our luncheon panel is TBA. Details on the annual Society meeting, traditionally held over dinner at a congenial dining site in conjunction with our panel,  will be announced later.


We have officially launched our new Blogsite. This replaces our old web site, which was becoming something of a burden to maintain and update. I think you’ll find the new site more attractive visually. It has the same features – and more- than the old site. For now, our email address will remain the same.

©2011 Thomas L Snyder

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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