Our own Tom Snyder’s Moment to Shine!


Please click on the link below to hear our Society Secretary-Treasurer, Dr. Thomas Snyder, talk about the history of navy medicine.



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Conference in San Antonio, Texas, March 22-25, 2018. Medical History of WWI

Call for Papers: Medical History of WWI

San Antonio, Texas, US

Proposals Deadline: 1 November 2017

Over 22-25 March 2018, the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences along with the Society for the History of Navy Medicine will be co-sponsoring a conference on the medical history of WWI.

It will be hosted at the U.S. Army Medical Department Center and School in San Antonio, Texas.

Presentations on all facets of naval medicine and healthcare related to the war are welcome, to include: historical understandings of navy medicine as practiced by all participants and in all geographic regions; consideration of the repercussions of the war on the practice of navy medicine; navy medicine in various campaigns; effects on the home fronts; postwar navy medical issues; navy mental health issues; the pandemic influenza; and related topics.  A special call is made for papers tied to gender and navy medicine, especially in the context of navy nurses who served in World War I.

Presentations should be 30 minutes long, and two-paper panels are welcome.

A travel grant award for graduate students who wish to present papers at the conference will be announced at a later date.

Those interested in presenting in the context of naval medicine please contact the Executive Director of the Society for the History of Navy Medicine, Dr. Annette Finley-Croswhite, Professor of History, Old Dominion University, acroswhi@odu.edu

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Navy Nurses and World War I

1836 nurses served in the Naval Nurse Corps during World War I ,and 327 of those nurses were stationed at bases overseas.  What do you know about Navy Nurses?  Why not write in and share your knowledge.  Share something about navy nurses in a brief email to me, and I’ll post your information on our Society for the History of Navy Medicine website.  Pictures are welcome.  Write to me at acroswhi@odu.edu.

We are gearing up for more conference news. Next year we will be joining the Army Medical Department Center for History and Heritage for a conference focused on Medicine and World War I.  The conference will be held in San Antonio, Texas from March 22-25, 2018.  Start thinking now about contributing a paper; we will put out a call for papers soon.

The picture below is a shot of US Navy Nurses in Scotland during World War I.  Source: http://www.blitzkriegbaby.de/nnc/nnc1a.htm.

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All the best,

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D. Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine

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Happy New Year!

The Board Members of the Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine wish all persons involved in Navy Medicine and/or the history of Navy Medicine a wonderful and happy new year.  We look forward to a 2017 with greater activity for the Society, and we invite your participation and enthusiasm.   The picture below is symbolic of the mighty effort navy medicine entails, and its importance in human heritage and history.

Source: https://www.med-dept.com/articles/ww2-hospital-ships/


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Year end message!

Happy New Year,

The Society for the History of Navy Medicine wishes you a most wonderful and happy New Year!  We have had an eventful 2016.  This year our conference was held one again with the North American Society for Oceanic History (NASOH).  It occurred in Portland, Maine along with the Naval Historical Foundation and the North Atlantic Fisheries History Association.  We had a marvelous time and gave out our first Harold D. Langley Book Prize for Katherine Foxhall’s Health, Medicine and the Sea: Australian voyages c. 1815-1860 published by Manchester University Press in 2012.  Natalie Shibley from the University of Pennsylvania also won our graduate student travel award to participate in the conference.  Our Foundation for the History of Navy Medicine also met during the summer, and we were joined by two new board members, Dr. Kenneth J. Hagan, Professor of History and Strategy at institutions including the US Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College and Captain Joel Labow, from the Medical Corps, US Navy, retired.  Dr. Hagan and Captain Labow join me, Rear Admiral Frederic Sanford, Captain Thomas Snyder, Dr. Harold Langley and Captain Lee Mandel on the Foundation board.  Presently we are planning a joint conference for Spring 2018 with the Army Medical Department Center of History and Heritage focused on Medicine and World War I.  It will be held in San Antonio, Texas, and you’ll hear much more about this conference beginning this spring.

We look forward to an active and happy 2017.  Please consider a tax deductible year end contribution, if possible to fund graduate student travel and research grants. And finally, send us your news.  We like hearing from our members: acroswhi@odu.edu.

Happy New Year,

Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director

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It’s that time of year! Happy 2017.

Dear Society Members,

On New Year’s Eve is coming; please consider making a tax deductible contribution to the Society for the History of Navy Medicine.  All monies go to very good causes such as funding our graduate student travel award and graduate student research award.

A small contribution of just $30 might seem insignificant, but in the big picture, it helps to get our graduate students to our conferences. You may not be aware of this, but as universities have become more corporate entities (as is the trend throughout the United States), fellowships and tuition waivers are being reduced or cancelled.   In fact, at my University, tuition waivers don’t exist anymore for graduate students in my college as they did a decade ago.  This means graduate students have to pay their own tuition out of their very small stipends.   This situation may not be true for graduate students at the top-tier universities, but overall the last ten years have seen universities reduce graduate student stipends and tuition waivers just as faculty salaries have stayed stagnant or in many cases have also been reduced.  And it is worse for graduate students because  the cost of living has increased tremendously.  Many graduate student have to resort to student loans to offset small stipends, and many do not have any healthcare at all.  This is the world we now live in today in Higher Education.

So please, think about making this contribution, today.  We are planning a fantastic conference for 2018 focused on World War I, and I would like to get a whole panel of graduate students there if possible.  Conferences are marvelous venues to network and to learn more about professionalism within an academic environment and of course, to share intellectual ideas.

Thank you in advance, if you are able to support our Society, and in particular, our graduate students.  All you have to do is go to the Society main page at: https://historyofnavymedicine.org/contribute/ and hit contribute.  That will take you to our “donate” button.  All contributions are tax deductible.


Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director

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Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings to all Society members; I hope our post finds you well this Thanksgiving and enjoying all the day has to offer.  For this post, I thought I would pull a letter from the past.  The short excerpt below comes from a former sailor who served in World War II and reflects on Thanksgiving and those who sacrificed their lives to defeat the Axis powers.

Cliff Sampson of Plymouth, US Navy 1942- 1945 :
“My first military Thanksgiving was in 1942 at Great Lakes. We had a big mess hall and it was a typical Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings, apple pie and mince pie.
They tried to make it special and, of course, everybody was hepped [sic] on the war.
Just being a little recruit, you didn’t have much to say about it anyhow, you just did what they told you and ate what they gave you. But it was good food, I can’t complain.
Some of the food probably was better than a lot of people ever had before they were in the service. Some people came from poverty…
Thanksgiving 1945 I was home in Plymouth with my family and my wife. We were getting ready to settle down and I was back to work, running the store again. It was a great feeling to be home, after being blown up on a ship in July (the USS YMS 84 yard mind sweeper was blown up 3 July 1945, Cliff Sampson received the Purple Heart) and then in November, I’m out of the service and the war is over.
I feel sorry for all those that didn’t come back. It was a great experience, but it’s
too bad for those who had to leave us. They fought for a great cause.”
The excerpt comes to us from the “Pilgrim Hall Museum” in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Thanks to all who are serving and who have served.
Annette Finley-Croswhite, Ph.D., Executive Director, Society for the History of Navy Medicine
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