DOCTORS AWEIGH by Rear Admiral Charles M. Oman


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A general book about Navy doctors by a Navy doctor. With a particular appeal for members of families with sons or husbands in the Navy, it will also interest the general public as the first book describing the Navy Medical Corps in this war. Random chapters on all the various aspects of the Corps, starting with the job done by the Navy Hospital at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, one of the few units that was not unprepared in that disaster. Next Java, before and during the Japanese invasion, with emphasis on Dr. Wassell and Dr. Yon. And many another resourceful approach to an emergency -- the appendectomy aboard a sub in enemy waters, performed by a Pharmicist's Mate, the Pharmicist's Mate Head and the miraculous voyage of the 18 men from the Quail, escaping from Corregidor to Australia, Dr. White of the Lexington and his work under fire. These individual, personal accounts are interspersed with the history of the Navy Medical Corps, the development of new medical problems in this war, tropical, mental and venereal diseases, many other aspects of the subject. Lively and clear, the reading is varied and informative, with occasional humorous touches.

Pub Date: July 9th, 1943
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran