Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection



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Ship's Store
Carlos Andreson #8
Watercolor, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Here convalescing Navy men (and their visitors) can get a snack or light meal at a modern soda fountain. Here also, many articles of merchandise are offered for sale to servicemen. This large colorful room is a relaxing place for patients, members of the staff, and visitors who may wish to chat or listen to the radio.

Handle With Care
Julian Levi #14
Pastel, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Enlisted men in the Navy Hospital Corps tenderly place a wounded shipmate in ambulance for the trip to the Norfolk Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, Virginia. He is strapped in a Stokes litter.

X-Rays Lighten the Dark Hours
Julian Levi #11
Gouache, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

The effect of x-rays has shortened the illness of many patients at Norfolk Naval Hospital treatment many of the men could not have obtained in civilian life to the extant it is employed by the Navy. This enlisted man is being given his regular treatment under the skilled direction of a Navy physician.

Dental Scene
Julian Levi #9
Pastel, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Waiting seamen look forward to the dental chair with more terror than they did to the menace of submarines.

WAVE Corpsman
Julian Levi #6
Conte crayon drawing, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Though she isn't a nurse or physician, this pharmacist's mate third class of the Women's Naval Reserve is following in the tradition of the great women in medical history as she goes about her tasks in the laboratory of the Naval Hospital as the Norfolk Naval Operating Base. Her deft hands move with sure and certain grace among the glistening array of bottles and tubes in the laboratory.

Man Made Fever
Julian Levi #13
Charcoal, 1944
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

In a "flank attack" on certain infections, artificially induced fever is used. Pictured here is a Navy nurse carefully checking the condition of a patient in the "fever chamber" at the Norfolk Naval Hospital.

Operating Room
Julian Levi #8
Ink, pencil, and white pastel drawing, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Surgeons and assistants search out an offending growth in the body of a Navy patient. No civilian hospital is better equipped.

Hydro-Therapy (Healing Waters)
Julian Levi #4
Pastel, 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories

Their ailing members immersed in the flowing water of the therapeutic tanks, these U.S. Navy convalescents relax as the normal processes of blood circulation are gradually restored.

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