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DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY -- NAVAL HISTORICAL CENTER
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Irwin Hoffman (1901-1989)

 

One Way to the Rear
Irwin Hoffman #10
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-GF

Navy corpsman in training at Camp Lejeune are taught numerous methods of moving casualties to the rear of the front lines, but they are encouraged to rely on their own ingenuity if know methods fail. Finding a "casualty" unconscious or unable to cling to him, this corpsman tied the wounded man's hands around his own neck, straddled his way back from the battlefront.

 

Ready for Duty
Irwin Hoffman #1
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FW

 

In training at Camp Lejeune, a Navy corpsman poses for this portrait wearing his full field kit and toting his stretcher. Inside the kits are many of the latest aids for treating the wounded.

 

Doctors Train Too
Irwin Hoffman #11
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-GG


A group of officers in the Navy Medical Corps undergo training at the Naval Medical Field Service School, Camp Lejeune to adapt themselves to front line conditions. These men conduct an "operation" by flashlight in a shack duplicating the rough " surgical room" set up in a shack at Guadalcanal during the seizure of the Solomons.

 

Medical Magic
Irwin Hoffman #3
Pastel, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FY

 

Another forward step in medical invention, a spray gun is used to apply a new healing wax solution to the flame-scarred skin of a seaman in a Navy base hospital. A corpsman applies the preparation under the supervision of the head of the hospital surgical department.

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22 June 2000