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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
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Joseph Hirsch (1910-1981)

 

Even the Enemy Gets Medical Attention
Joseph Hirsch #19
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FS

 

Although a Marine guard is stationed at the door, this Japanese prisoner with malaria is accorded the same civil, careful treatment given our own sick men. Aiea Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor.

 

Navy Nurse
Joseph Hirsch #23
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-EQ

An important function of the Navy nurse is to instruct hospital corpsmen. Here one nurse supervises the administration of an anesthetic, Pentothal Sodium, which is being given intravenously preparatory to resetting a patient's leg. On the man's thigh is a Roger Anderson fracture device, having pins to hold the bone in place. This patient, a Marine raider under treatment in a Navy mobile hospital unit in New Caledonia, was hit by a Japanese bullet that pierced both legs, fracturing the left thigh, and severing a nerve in his right leg.

 

Minerva Jacket
Joseph Hirsch #9
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FI

 

This device is a Minerva jacket. The boy fell from a gun turret, dislocating a vertebra in his neck. The plaster cast is lined with black felt to prevent body sores at Aiea Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor.

 

Minerva Jack (Neck Cast)
Joseph Hirsch #1
Pen and ink wash, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FA

This is the only way to read a magazine when you're dressed up in a Minerva jacket, Aiea Naval Hospital, Pearl Harbor.

 

Chart Accompanies the Patient
Joseph Hirsch #24
Watercolor, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-ER

Case histories of battle casualties are attached to the patient's stretchers for convenience. This Navy medical officer checks over a wounded Marine's record as he is borne off ship.

 

Navy Doctor
Joseph Hirsch #20
Charcoal, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FT

 

In the combat zones his work is without end. This one serves with the Marines, since all of the medical personnel of the Marine Corps is supplied by the Navy.

 

Mosquito Fighter
Joseph Hirsch #13
Pastel, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FM

 

Malaria control is the Navy Medical Department's most important preventive measure in the South Pacific. This corpsman is equipped with a hand spray, the tank of which is filled with No. 2 diesel oil which, when sprayed on stagnant water, is effective up to six days in killing mosquito larvae. Larger stagnant swamp areas are attended to with a power spray mounted on wheels, or are dynamited. After fresh rainfall, these men must promptly cover all mosquito-breeding areas again. Spraying is especially thorough around gun emplacements.

 

Blasting Mosquito Infected Swamps
Joseph Hirsch #28
Watercolor, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-EV

Navy hospital corpsmen and natives labor together in this important preventive medical work.

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Online Exhibits that feature Joseph Hirsch's work
Amphibious Operations in the Pacific Theater

Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection
Naval Aviation of WWII From the Abbott Laboratories Collection

 

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22 June 2000