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American Civil War Medicine & Surgical Antiques

Surgical Set collection from 1860 to 1865 - Civilian and Military

Civil War:  Medicine, Surgeon Education & Medical Textbooks

 Dr. Michael Echols & Dr. Doug Arbittier

2011 - "The sesqui-centennial of the Civil War" -  2015

The 150th Year Celebration

 

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George Otis Allen, M.D.,

U.S. Navy Assistant Surgeon Application

 

By Norman L. Herman, M.D., Ph.D.

The following is a dictated translation of the hand-written application to the U. S. Navy Examination Board during the Civil War by a civilian physician/surgeon for a position as a medical officer in the Federal Navy or for promotion to Assistant Surgeon by an Acting Assistant Surgeon.  The actual applications are in the possession of the author and presented to enlighten the general public and other researchers as to the education process before and during the Civil War, the personal history of the applicants, as well as to show their personal level of medical knowledge in answering the questions asked by the Navy Board of Examiners.  (Some applicants failed to pass and did not serve or served in the Union Army.)

This written presentation was first of a part of a two-part exam consisting of a written exam and an oral exam.   Many of these applications are rich with highly detailed medical content offering an interesting perspective on the medical knowledge and practices of the period.  A broad sampling of these exams is presented to give you a 'picture' of the type of applicant being examined and admitted to or rejected by the Federal Navy in 1863.   Much more detail on the individuals and their personal and naval history will be presented in a forth-coming book by Dr. Herman.

(The actual written exam photos are available, but not presented on these pages due to the size of the files.  An example of a hand-written exam is on the List of all Applicants page)

(The actual written exam photos are available, but not presented on these pages due to the size of the files.  An example is on the List of all applicants page)

A list with links to all applicants in this survey of 93 U.S. Navy Medical Applicants for 1863

Example of a handwritten exam given by the Navy Examination Board

 


Applicant: George Otis Allen, M.D.,

 

Boston Navy Yard

                    Dec 7 – 1863

To: Dr. Ruschenburger

 

Sir

I was born in the town of Norton, Bristol Co. Mass.  Oct 28th 1838.

My education has been that obtained from common schools and various academies, fitted for College some four years ago under my father who is an Orthodox Clergyman, but the low state of the family finances did not allow me to enter at that time.  Kept school in the following winter and in the spring commenced the Study of medicine with Dr. E .Silvester of Hubbardston Mass, who although a young man had a large practice both medical and surgical.  I studied in his office and with him visited nearly all his patients, I also in second year of my study was permitted by him, to visit, attend and prescribe for a considerable number of patients.  Have attended two courses of Medical Lectures.  A little more than a year ago I secured an appointment as Medical Cadet U.S.A.  And was on duty in General Hospital at Louisville Ky.  During the whole of my time in the Army I performed the duty of Asst. Surgeon.  While at Louisville I also had considerable outside practice.  Several obstetric cases etc.

If I did I not think myself competent to perform the duties of Asst. Surg. in the Navy, I would not attempt to assume the one of the most (if not the very most) responsible position which a man is called upon to occupy.

Hoping to do the service and myself no discredit, should I receive an appointment.  I remain

Most Respectfully

Your obet servt

Geo O. Allen

 

71 Chamber Street

Boston Ms.


Questions by the Board:

 

Dr. George O. Allen is requested to write answers to the following questions:

            1.  What blood vessels convey blood to the brain?

            2.  What are the medical and surgical means of treating retention of urine?

            3.  What are the symptoms which distinguish pneumonia from bronchitis?

            4.  What is a situation and function of the kidney?

            5.  Name the officinal preparations of opium, and state the dose of each?

            6.  What substances are formed by the chemical combination of oxygen and nitrogen?

 


Answers by Otis

           

1.  Carotid and Vertebral Arteries

           

2.  Hot poultice, fomentation, etc.  catheter

           

3.  Pneumonia generally attacks but one lung at a time.  Bronchitis generally both.  In Pneumonia there is dulness [sic] on percussion over the affected part with (in the first age) crepitant Rales.  In Bronchitis there is increased resonance on percussion, with mucous + subcrepitant Rales.  The sputa in Pneumonia is rusty and very tenacious; in Bronchitis, at first, white and frothy, afterward yellowish, vicid; in Pneumonia there is an absence of Chloride from the urine, which symptom is not present in Bronchitis.

             

4.  In the Lumbar regions at the back of the abdomen on each side of the vertebral column.  There [sic] function is to secrete the urine.

             

5.                   Pul. Opii     dose gr j

                      Tr opii       gtts xxv +

                      Tr opii Camph  

                      Morph sulph      gr

                      Vin opii             gtts xxv +

            

6.   NO – NO2 – NO3 – NO4 – NO5             

 

Geo. O Allen

Boston Navy Yard

December 7th 1863

 


A list with links to all applicants in this survey of U.S. Navy Applicants for 1863

Example of a handwritten exam given by the Navy Examination Board

 

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Civil War Medical Collections 

 

Direct links to all medical & Civil War collections on this site                         

American Surgical Sets:

Pre-Civil War:  1 | 2  -   Post-Civil War:  3  -  Civil War 1861-1865:  4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   INDEX

Medical Text-Books:

1 | 1a | 2 | 2a | 3 | 3a | 4 | 4a | 5 | 5a | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 9a | 10 | 11 | 12    INDEX

Surgeon General's Office Library printed catalogues: 1840 | 1864 | 1865
Medical Lecture Cards: 1 | 2 | 34 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21    INDEX

Medical Faculty and Authors:

INDEX

Navy Surgeon Exams:

1863 Navy Surgeon Applicant Exams with Biographies   INDEX ONE | INDEX TWO

Surgeon CDVs, Images:

Army: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8    INDEX

Navy: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8   

Hosp Dep't Bottles, Tins, 

U.S. Army Pannier:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

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