Tuesday, August 30, 2011

National Public Radio's Walter Reed series

NPR writes in, "Thanks again for all of your help with this  As the different stories of the six-part series air this week, they will be added to this page:"

Topics on the Pathology of Protozoan and Invasive Arthropod Diseases - last AFIP publication

Topics on the Pathology of Protozoan and Invasive Arthropod Diseases - the last AFIP publication - is available on the web for downloading for free.
Here's the description:

This e-book, Topics on the Pathology of Protozoan and Invasive Arthropod Diseases, was originally conceived as a companion volume of our earlier book, Pathology of Infectious Diseases, Helminthiases, published in the year 2000. During the production of the current volume, however, administrative circumstances were not conducive to its publication as a hardcover book. We are pleased nevertheless to be able to present this treatise on protozoan and invasive arthropod related diseases electronically. As such, a great advantage is that it will be available freely to a wider audience; not just to the so-called developed world, but to less affluent and more remote areas-- in fact to anyone with access to the internet worldwide. This publication comes at an appropriate time when there is ever increasing attention being given to the neglected tropical diseases of this world, and as world travel is increasing. Pathologists highly experienced in many of the diseases discussed here are often not locally available, increasing the likelihood that accurate diagnoses will be unduly delayed.

Direct download link

Thursday, August 25, 2011

THE GROG, Summer 2011-- A Journal of Navy Medical History and Culture

Dear Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that we present the Summer 2011 edition of THE GROG.  In this edition we examine the Navy Medical Department's role in the Coal Medical Survey of 1947 and how it came about. We follow this with a spirited assortment of original articles including Dr. James Alsop's look at Navy hospital care in 1812, Jan Herman's  account of working in documentary films, Leanne Gradijan's statistical report of physicians in the Civil War and much more.  As always we hope you enjoy your humble tour of Navy medicine's past.

THE GROG is accessible through the link below.  If you prefer a PDF version to be sent directly to your inbox please let us know.  For all those who have already requested to be put on the PDF mailing list a  low resolution version will be sent  to you shortly.

Link to THE GROG, Summer 2011

Very Respectfully,


André B. Sobocinski
Deputy Historian and Publications Mgr.
Office of Medical History (M00H)
Dr. Benjamin Rush Education and Conference Ctr.
Navy Medicine Institute for the Medical Humanities  (NMI)
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED)
Tel: 202.762.3244
Fax: 202.762.3380

Got Grog?

Summer 2011

Spring 2011

Museum public program photos online


They've been going to the Museum's website at and are taken by new Museum photographer Matthew Breitbart.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rhode's new assignment details

I'll be at the Office of the Medical Historian which is described here, setting up their archives, describing records and making them more accessible to researchers including 12,000 BUMED images that were scanned by AFIP and the Museum, some of which can be seen on the Flickr page.

BUMED 09-8566-10

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FW: Rhode leaving medical museum

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is with distinct melancholy that I will be resigning my post as chief archivist and leaving the National Museum of Health and Medicine on September 9, 2011 for a promotion as archivist in the US Navy Bureau of
Medicine's Office of Medical History (which is also in Washington, DC). It has been a pleasure and an honor to have built and led the Otis Historical Archives for the Museum and the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology over the past twenty-two years. I trust I have lived up to museum curator George Otis' inspiring example.

Michael Rhode, Archivist
Otis Historical Archives
National Museum of Health and Medicine
Washington, DC 20306-6000

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Nature on 'Death of a pathology centre'

Death of a pathology centre: Shelved
It was the beginning of the Army Medical Museum ( see slideshow 'A diary of death & disease'). Hammond wanted to collect and catalogue the specimens that ...


Thursday, August 4, 2011

City Paper on Walter Reed's closing

Fast Times at Walter Reed

by Lydia DePillis on Aug. 4, 2011


Monday, August 1, 2011