Naval Hygiene (Classic Reprint)
This work is offered to those members of the medical profession whose path of duty lies on the trackless seas with the hope that the author's effort to supply a want will offset any short-comings on his part.
Experience in teaching naval hygiene at the U. S. Naval Medical School has demonstrated to the writer the need of a student's manual of elementary character, hence this attempt to supply it.
To prepare a guide to a subject so comprehensive and so important in its bearing upon the welfare and efficiency of a naval personnel requires knowledge derived from actual extended service at sea.
Experience gained from years of naval service in all parts of the world has given the writer an advantage over fellow-students who have not lived afloat, and this leads him to hope that the work may find favor not alone as a guide, but as an incentive to further study of the maintenance of health and improvement of living conditions afloat.
None appreciates more than the writer the breadth of the subject. None can appreciate more than he the difficulty in treating it, especially at this time when certain phases of naval life are undergoing interesting development, owing to our participation in the great war. A free discussion of certain of these phases, however, must be left to the future, for the good of the service.
The author has drawn upon all available sources of information, and has tried to give due credit in the text, without exception: any oversight in this regard will be deeply regretted by him. He has obtained historical data from the Encyclopedia Britannica. To Rear-Admiral E. R. Stitt, Medical Director, U. S. N., commanding the United States Naval Medical School: Medical Director R. M. Kennedy, U. S. N.: Medical Director C. H. T. Lowndes, U. S. N.: to numerous other naval medical officers, and to Mr. William Henry Siviter, the author is indebted for assistance and advice.
Naval Constructor J. D. Beuret, U. S. N., has kindly furnished certain illustrations and Pharmacists Mate, 3d Class, J. H. MacPherson, U. S. N., has supplied some of the drawings.
The writer is deeply grateful to his wife for making the index - a most tedious task - and for sustained facilitation throughout the preparation of the manuscript.
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