Naval War College Review


The attitude reflected above, that medical support is primarily for the provision of care to the wounded after the battle is over, is still widely held by naval officers. A few years ago, I interviewed a number of commanding officers regarding the medical support they were receiving. The general perception was that a medical officer’s primary function was to take care of casualties resulting from accidents or battle. This perception is understandable because the prevailing public view of medicine in general is that the doctor's function is to treat illness or injury, and sailors as a group are generally healthy.