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The Formative Years of the U.S. Navy Medical Corps, 1798−1871 : Naval History and Heritage Command

Naval History and Heritage Command

From the introduction: "For over 150 years, the U.S. Navy has recognized 3 March 1871 as the anniversary of its corps of physicians (i.e., the Medical Corps). An important date in the annals of Navy medicine to be sure, but this date does not represent the advent of uniformed physicians in the Navy nor the start of the Navy Medical Department. Rather, the passage of the Appropriations Act on 3 March 1871 elevated the status of Navy physicians, granting them rank relative to their line counterparts, acknowledging their role as staff corps, and establishing the title of “surgeon general” for the Navy’s top medical officer/head of the Navy Medical Department."

Authors - Sobocinski, Andre B.



Sobocinski, Andre B.


Naval History and Heritage Command

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