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Examination questions from the United States Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

Identifier: MSS 1/001-01

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Examination questions and responses to Naval Medical Board at U. S. Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, from D. Warren Brickell, 1847, and H. Lawrence Sheldon, 1856. Brickell gives description of iritis and its treatment. Sheldon responds to twelve questions and describes fistula lacrymalis; scarlatina; delivery by the feet; composition of light; definition of dew point; nux vomica; branches of intestinal iliac; lacrimal apparatus; structure and function of liver; morbid changes in blood; rheumatism; and symptoms and treatment of strychnine poisoning.


  • 1847, 1856


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According to the "Instructions for Medical Officers of the U.S. Navy" (1873), "A board of naval surgeons will be assembled annually, at such place as may be indicated by the [Medical] Department, usually about the close of the lecture season of the colleges, for the examination and selection of candidates for admission into the Medical Corps of the Navy as well as for the examination of Assistant Surgeons who may be candidates for promotion .... The board reports the relative merit of the candidates as shown by examination."


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Part of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Repository

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