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Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

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Knappton Cove: the Last of the Quarantine Stations

If you love Public Health Service history like I do, then you're in for a treat! I had the pleasure of discussing what is likely one of the last remaining PHS relics in the United States: the Columbia River Quarantine Station at Knappton Cove. Background  In 1889 the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps was established. Back then, it was the Marine Hospital Service. In 1891 U.S. law mandated that all immigrants coming into the U.S. received a health inspection by a Service physician. This was the era of "Manifest Destiny" and Americans were spreading Westward and more immigrants were...

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Timing Might Be Everything for Surgeon General Nominee Vivek Murthy

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Timing Might Be Everything for Surgeon General Nominee Vivek Murthy

The senate held a hearing for Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy on February 25th, 2021. Should he be confirmed, Dr Murthy would return as Surgeon General for a second time. That would be a first in the entire history of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps’s 132 year existence. Interestingly, Murthy achieved many “firsts” while serving as the Surgeon General. Murthy was with the Corps for notable accomplishments like the Ebola and Zika responses. The former earned the Corps its first ever Presidential Unit Citation. Dr. Murthy sent out a historic letter campaign to thousands of prescribers in the...

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Until They Bring the PHS Tugboats Back

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Until They Bring the PHS Tugboats Back

The U.S. Public Health Service quarantine tugboats or "boarding tugs" were well-known to travelers crossing into American waters during the 1930's through the 1970's. Incoming ships would report to the PHS tugboats any illness or sick passengers aboard. If there were any, a PHS physician officer would board the ship to assess the passenger and safely transport him or her to medical care. This was all in attempt to prevent unknown diseases abroad from entering the U.S. The Public Health Service tugboats are relics of the past. True symbols of a prevalent and public-facing health Service. Each tug bears the...

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Behind the Design: U.S. Public Health Service T-Shirts

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Behind the Design: U.S. Public Health Service T-Shirts

How words from an OBC ceremony inspired this design

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For Public Health Service History Buffs Only

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For Public Health Service History Buffs Only

I stumbled upon an inspiring, albeit antiquated, video describing the role of the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). 

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