Navy Medical Art of the Abbott Collection

 

 

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Attention Deluxe
Joseph Hirsch #27
Oil on canvas, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-EU


Within twenty minutes after this boy onboard a Navy transport broke his thumb boxing, it has been X-rayed, set and placed in a plaster cast. This is typical of the way the Navy Medical Department functions, bringing the finest medical care to boys who in many cases came from regions or homes where a similar degree of attention is practically unknown. Here the Navy physician is using a fluoroscope in conjunction with a dental x-ray machine.


Sick Bay
Joseph Hirsch #21
Pen and ink wash drawing, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-F


Miniature hospitals onboard ship abound in the U.S. fleet. Resembling hospital wards ashore except for the double-tiered bunks, they are known as "sick bay" quiet inlets, away from the normal tide of ship activities, where the wounded and ill are treated amid the drug odors and paraphernalia that mark hospital wards everywhere.


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.


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.


The Mongoose Becomes a "Guinea Pig"
Joseph Hirsch #7
Charcoal, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FG


An LST returns to the beach at Guadalcanal with litters and sitters (stretcher cases and ambulatory cases), who are taken by ambulance and truck to mobile hospitals. The Japanese planes in the foreground have been brought back for salvage purposes


The Mongoose Becomes a "Guinea Pig"
Joseph Hirsch #7
Charcoal, circa 1943
Gift of Abbott Laboratories
88-159-FG


The experimental surgical procedure about to be undertaken here is unique in that the `guinea pig" is a mongoose, an animal practically unknown in hospital laboratories elsewhere in the world, inasmuch as it is quarantined from nearly every country. It is particularly well suited for experimental research in internal medicine and surgery. The mongoose is extant in Hawaii, where this picture was made, because the animal was imported there from the East Indies by sugar planters to rid their cane fields of rats.



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