Author Archives: thomaslsnyder

About thomaslsnyder

Retired urological surgeon and navy reservist. Researching to write 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. Immediate Past Commander of the San Francisco Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States and founder and immediate past Commander of the Naval Order's "virtual" Continental Commandery. Naval Order Ship's Store manager. Member of the Solano County (California) Historical Records Commission

“Captain, U S Navy, Departing”

With a shrill call of the bos’n’s pipe, a Naval officer is “piped over the side” – and departs. Thus, it’s “Captain, U S Navy, departing” the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. I leave the Society in good hands. I … Continue reading

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“I am ready to be relieved”

“I am ready to be relieved” – thus a Navy Officer of the Deck transfers authority, after his successor has intoned “I relieve you, sir.” Six years ago, I launched the Society for the History of Navy Medicine at the … Continue reading

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New Society Executive Director Named; More on History of Navy Medicine

Last April, the Society Executive Director (and your blogger-in-chief) announced that he would step down from these posts as of his 70th birthday, on 25 April 2013. In subsequent months, a few interested individuals held their collective breaths as we … Continue reading

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Society News; Society Loss; Society Fosters an “Unexpected” Panel Proposal; Society Dues-Donation Season

This blog is “sponsored” by the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. As such, it’s time for a Society advertisement. Here goes: Today I received in the mail a packet with this note: “From the Desk of Captain Charles … Continue reading

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Society for the History of Navy Medicine Announces a New Research Grant

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine announces a new annual grant of up to $1500 for research in the history of naval or maritime medicine. The grant is intended to support work being done by a student enrolled … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Welcome!

Welcome to the new blog site for the Society for the History of Navy Medicine. Follow the tabs to explore the Society and what it’s all about. Don’t hesitate to leave a comment, a suggestion or constructive criticism. Most important: … Continue reading

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News from the Society / Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine

I’m very pleased to announce that Captain Lee R Mandel, MC, USN, has agreed to join the Board of Directors of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine. He takes the seat previously held by RADM Doug Moore, SC, … Continue reading

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New Book on Medical History; Society Member Published in Journal of Military History

Today is a “news day” at Of Ships and Surgeons. Perhaps you’ve already read of the 8 September UK release of The Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine; it is scheduled for publication in the US on 1 November. The … Continue reading

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Society for the History of Navy Medicine–Fifth Annual Meeting a Success

The Society held its Fifth Annual Meeting and Papers Session in conjunction with the U S Naval Academy’s McMullen Naval Historical Symposium last week. The Society sponsored two panels: Panel One, “The Health of Sailors” featured papers by Professor John … Continue reading

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