Thursday, October 6, 2011
RADM William C. Braisted, Surgeon General (1914-1920)
William Clarence Braisted (1864-1941) was appointed assistant surgeon in 1890 and served at sea aboard several vessels before having shore duty at several naval hospitals and shore stations. Twice he was an instructor in surgery at the Naval Medical School. In 1906, as Assistant Chief BUMED, Dr. Braisted was in charge of reorganizing the Bureau. For a year, in the absence of the Surgeon General, he served as Attending Physician to President Roosevelt. He was appointed Surgeon General in 1914 and, during his tenure, was responsible for the establishment of special training schools for the Hospital Corps and the building of the hospital ship USS Relief, the only vessel ever designed as such.