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Annual Reports of The Surgeon General



Summary of Major Accomplishments

Patient Care and Related Activities

  • Hospital Clinic Care
  • Professional Consultant Activities
  • General Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Social Work
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Activities
  • Pharmacy
  • Professional Inquiries
  • Nursing Service
  • Accreditation of Army Hospitals
  • Economy Program
  • Armed Services Medical Regulating Activities
  • Army Health Experience and Trends
  • Dependents` Medical Care Program

Standards of Medical Fitness

Preventive Medicine

  • Communicable Disease Control
  • Occupational Health
  • Civil Public Health
  • Environmental Hygiene
  • Nutrition
  • Army Health Nursing
  • Preventive Medicine Personnel and Training
  • Publications

Combat Development

Organization of Forces

  • Revision of Tables of Organization and Equipment
  • Conversion to Machine Processing of Supply Manuals


  • Lebanon Incident
  • Mobilization Planning
  • Continuity of Operations Plan
  • Conference of Planning Officers

Military Personnel

  • Legislation
  • Reduction in Officer Authorizations and Strength
  • Officer Procurement
  • Warrant Officer Program
  • Officer Assignment
  • Officer Promotions
  • Enlisted Personnel

Training of Officers

  • Residencies
  • Internships
  • In-Service Training
  • Professional Specialty Courses
  • Service School Courses
  • Training in Civilian Institutions
  • Institutes
  • Training Guidance
  • Training of Foreign Nationals
  • Medical Education for National Defense

Civilian Personnel

  • Career Planning
  • Training
  • Procurement of Top-Grade Medical Scientists
  • Revision of Army-Air Force Wage Board Pay System
  • Survey of Civilian Personnel Administration
  • Recruitment and Strength
  • Incentive and Suggestion Awards

Research and Development

  • Changes in Organization and Emphasis
  • Bioastronautics Research
  • Biophysics Research
  • Medical Research
  • Surgical Research
  • Dental Research
  • Preventive Medicine Research
  • Research in Human Resources
  • Oversea Research
  • Development of Materiel

Medical Supply and Equipment

  • Supply Distribution Under Single Manager System
  • Medical Materiel Program for Nuclear Casualties
  • Reconstitution of Assemblages
  • Fabrication of Spectacles
  • Procurement
  • Classification of Supply Items
  • Medical-Dental Division, Army Stock Fund
  • Reconstitution of Major Medical Assemblies in U. S. Army, Europe
  • Mutual Security Program 

Aviation Medicine

  • Army Aviation Medical Officers
  • Aviation Medicine Training
  • Medical Service Corps Aviators
  • Medical Air Ambulance Company
  • Medical Helicopter Ambulance Detachments
  • Types of Aircraft

Veterinary Service


  • New Hospitals
  • Army Medical Research Institute
  • Quarters for Female Officers
  • Family Housing Programs
  • Other Projects


  • Revision in Hospital Staffing Report
  • Hospital Command Management System
  • Hospital Methods Improvement

Medical Reserve Program

  • Troop Program
  • Status of Units
  • Actions and Programs
  • Advisory Council Meeting
  • Training

Public Information

Medical History Program


1.  Movement of patients authorized by Armed Services Medical Regulating Office

2.  Admission rates to hospital, dispensary, and quarters, U.S. Army active-duty personnel, fiscal years 1957, 1958, and 1959

3.  Disease admission rates to hospital, dispensary, and quarters, U.S. Army active-duty personnel, by month, fiscal years 1957, 1958, and 1959

4.  Noneffective rates during fiscal years 1957, 1958, and 1959

5.  Hospital admissions, patient census, and final dispositions, U.S. Army active-duty personnel, fiscal years 1957, 1958, and 1959

6.  Patient census, admissions, and bed occupancy, U.S. Army hospitals, fiscal years 1959 and 1958
7.  Outpatient visits by category of patient, U.S. Army medical treatment facilities, worldwide, fiscal years 1957, 1958, and 1959

8.  Results of preinduction examinations of selective service registrants processed for military service, fiscal years 1956 through 1959
9.  Total calls for inductees (in thousands), fiscal years 1956 through 1959

10. Physicians` claims processed by the Office for Dependents` Care, fiscal year 1959

11. Hospital claims processed by the Office for Dependents` Care, fiscal year 1959

12. Authorized and actual strength of Army Medical Service officers, by corps, fiscal years 1958 and 1959

13. Projected strengths of, and estimated requirements for, Army Medical Corps specialists (board certified and board eligible), fiscal years 1959 and 1960

14. Professional specialty courses for Army Medical Service officers, fiscal year 1959
15. Army Medical Service school courses, fiscal year 1959
16. Service school courses other than Army Medical Service, fiscal year 1959
17. Long courses in civilian institutions, fiscal year 1959


Lieutenant General Leonard D. Heaton
Pre-school-age child receiving polio immunization injection, in an Army outpatient pediatric clinic
U.S. Army Hospital, Camp Kue, Okinawa
98th General Hospital, Neubrücke, Germany
Tripler Army Hospital, Oahu, Hawaii
Enlisted medical personnel, undergoing training, acting as litter bearers under simulated battle conditions
Enlisted medical personnel, undergoing training, providing emergency treatment in the field under simulated battle conditions
U.S. Army Hospital, Perlacher Housing Area, Munich, Germany
Technicians examining 250-pound capsule in which monkey Able made the flight in the Jupiter nose cone
An American-born rhesus monkey, the species from which monkey Able was selected, being fitted to couch for placement in the 250-pound space capsule, in space-flight training
Contents of Emergency Medical Kit
Helicopter being used for transporting supplies
Enlisted medical personnel, undergoing training, loading casualty onto a helicopter under simulated battle conditions
Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, Ga.
Womack Army Hospital, Fort Bragg, N.C.