The Spanish-American War was a major watershed in the history of the U.S. Army Medical Department. That story and its aftermath are fully covered in Mary Gillett`s, The History of the U.S. Army Medical Department, 1865-1917, which can be found elsewhere in Books and Documents on the AMEDD History website. To facilitate access, the following links are provided to the three chapters that cover the Spanish-American War:
In this section, we are providing excerpts from the official Report of the Surgeon General of the Army to the Secretary of War for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1898. The first excerpt, "Work of the Medical Department during the Spanish war" (pages 100-139), is the report of Brig. Gen. George M. Sternberg, The Surgeon General, on the activities of the Medical Department during the Spanish-American War. The second excerpt, "Reports and Papers" (pages 139-265), includes reports from many of the surgeons assigned to the most important operational commands, camps, and hospitals. The actual reports of those Medical Corps officers who most directly confronted the problems of disease in the mobilization camps and hospitals in the United States and of disease and caring for sick and wounded soldiers in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines vividly relate the often grim and deadly challenges of military medicine.
John T. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Chief, Office of Medical History
Office of The Surgeon General, U.S. Army
REPORT OF THE SURGEON-GENERAL OF THE ARMY
TO THE SECRETARY OF WAR FOR THE
FISCAL YEAR ENDED JUNE 30, 1898.
WASHINGTON: GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE, 1898.
Reports and Papers: