Navy Medicine History Bibliography

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Blochman, L.G. Doctor Squibb: The Life and Times of a Rugged Idealist. New York: Simon & Shuster, 1958

Braisted, William and William H. Bell. The Life Story of Presley Marion Rixey, 1902-1910: Biography and Autobiography. Strasburg, VA: Shenandoah Publishing House, 1930

Breeden, James O. “Military and Naval Medicine.” In A Guide to the Sources of United States Military History, edited by Robin Higham, 317-343. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, 1975.

—–Bibliographic essay. Continued in Supplement I to the Guide published by Archon in 1981 (79-87), and in Supplement II to the Guide published by Archon in 1986 (113-123).

Deppisch, Ludwig. The White House Physician: A History from Washington to George W. Bush. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2007

Duvall, Marius. A Navy Surgeon in California, 1846-1847: The Journal of Marius Duvall. John Howell Series on the U.S. Navy in Old California. Edited by Fred B. Duvall. San Francisco: John Howell, 1957. 114 pp.

Estes, J. Worth. Naval Surgeon: Life and Death at Sea in the Age of Sail. Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 1998

Fishbein, M. (Editor). Doctors at War. New York: Dutton, 1945.

Foltz, Charles S. Surgeon of the Seas. The Life of Surgeon General Jonathan M. Foltz. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1931

Goldowsky, Seebert J. Yankee Surgeon: the Life and Times of Usher Parsons, 1788-1868. Canton, MA: Science History Publications, 1988

Gordon, Maurice B. Naval and Maritime Medicine During the American Revolution. Ventnor, N.J.: Ventnor Pubs., 1978. 134 pp.

Gray, David P. Many Specialties, One Corps: A Pictorial History of the U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps. Virginia Peach, VA: The Donning Company, 1997

Herman, Jan K. Battle Station Sick Bay: Navy Medicine in World War II. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 1997

Herman, Jan. K. Frozen in Memory: U.S. Navy Medicine in the Korean War., Inc, 2006

Herman, Jan K. Navy Medicine in Vietnam. Oral Histories from Dien Bien Phu to the Fall of Saigon. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 2008

Hill, Jim Dan. The Civil War Sketchbook of Charles Ellery Stedman, Surgeon, United States Navy. New York: Presidio Press, 1976

Holcomb, Richmond C. A Century with Norfolk Naval Hospital, 1830-1930. Portsmouth, VA: Printcraft, 1930

Keevil, John J., Christopher Lloyd, and Jack Leonard Sagar Coulter.  Volume 1, Medicine and the Navy, 1200-1649. Edinburgh: E. & S. Livingstone, 1957.

—–. Volume 2, Medicine in the Navy, 1649 – 1714, London, 1958, Livingstone
—–. Volume 3, Medicine in the Navy, 1714 – 1815, London, 1961, Livingstone
—–. Volume 4, Medicine in the Navy, 1714 – 1900, London, 1963, Livingstone

Langley, Harold. A History of Medicine in the Early U.S. Navy. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. 1995

—–.”Edward Field: A Pioneer Practitioner of the Old Navy.” Connecticut Medicine 46 (November 1982): 667-72.

—–. “Medical Men of the Old Navy: A Study in the Development of a Profession, 1797-1833.” In New Aspects of Naval History: Selected Papers From the 5th Naval History Symposium, edited by the Department of History, U.S. Naval Academy, 69-80. Baltimore: Nautical & Aviation Pub. Co., 1985.

Massman, Emory A. Hospital Ships of World War II. An Illustrated Reference to 39 United States Military Vessels. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc, 1999

McGuire, Frederick L. Psychology Aweigh: A History of Clinical Psychology in the United States Navy, 1900-1988. Washington: American Psychological Assn., 1990. 249 pp.

McIntire, Ross T. White House Physician. New York: Putnam, 1946.

McKee, Christopher. “The Pathology of a Profession: Death in the United States Navy Officer Corps, 1797-1815.” War and Society 3 (May 1985): 1-25.

Oman, Charles. Doctors Aweigh. New York: Doubleday, Doran. 1943

Parsons, R.P. Mobile Hospital 3: A Naval Hospital in a South Sea Jungle. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1945

Pugh, Herbert L. Navy Surgeon. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1959. 459 pp.

—–.The memoirs of Rear Admiral Herbert L. Pugh, USN, including his service as a Marine during World War I and his long career as a naval surgeon (1923-1956).

Richman, Allen. “Naval Medicine in an Emerging Crisis, 1845-63.” In Naval History: The Seventh Symposium of the U.S. Naval Academy, edited by William B. Cogar, 63-70. Wilmington: Scholarly Resources, 1988.

Roddis, Louis. A Short History of Nautical Medicine. New York: Hoeber, 1941.

Rogers, F.B. (editor). A Navy Surgeon in California, 1846-47: The Journal of Marius Duvall. San Francisco: John Howell, 1957.

Rushton, Patricia, et. al.: Latter Day Saint Nurses at War: A Story of Caring and Sacrifice. Provo, Utah: Millennial Press, 2005.

Steele, MD, Volney W: Wellington Rankin, His Family, Life and Times (Montana Attorney, Physician, Cattle Baron, and Land Baron. Bozeman, MT: Bridger Creek Historical Press, 2002.

—: Bleed, Blister, and Purge: A History of Medicine on the American Frontier. Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 2005.

Strott, George. The Medical Department of the U.S. Navy with the Army and Marine Corps in France, World War I. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1947

U.S. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. The History of the Medical Department of the United States Navy in World War II. Washington: GPO, 1950-1953. 3 vols.

—–.Vol. 1, A Narrative and Pictorial Volume; Vol. 2, A Compilation of the Killed, Wounded, and Decorated Personnel of the Medical Department; Vol. 3, The Statistics of Disease and Injuries.

Vedder, James. Combat Surgeon: On Iwo with the 27th Marines. New York: Presidio Press, 1998

Walker, Jr., M.D, L G: Dr. Henry R. Porter, The Surgeon Who Survived Little Bighorn. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2008.

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