For more than 200 years, men and women have served on the front lines of our nation’s public health in what is today called the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. The Commissioned Corps traces its beginnings back to the U.S. Marine Hospital Service protecting against the spread of disease from sailors returning from foreign ports and maintaining the health of immigrants entering the country. Currently, Commissioned Corps officers are involved in health care delivery to underserved and vulnerable populations, disease control and prevention, biomedical research, food and drug regulation, mental health and drug abuse services, and response efforts for natural and man-made disasters as an essential component of the largest public health program in the world.
All photos are courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and/or the Department of Health and Human Services. The following sources were used in the development of the timeline content: U.S. National Library of Medicine, SurgeonGeneral.gov and Fitzhugh Mullan, Plagues and Politics: The Story of the United States Public Health Service (1989).
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