Thursday, October 6, 2011
Dr. William P.C. Barton, The First Chief of BUMED (1842-1844)
William Paul Crillon Barton (1786-1846) was the first Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. Although he was the first Chief BUMED, he was not the first Surgeon General, as that title was not established until 1871. Dr. Barton's many accomplishments as Chief include advocating increased sick bay spaces aboard ship, proposing higher physical standards for naval recruits, and standardizing medical supplies and equipment. Barton is considered one the pioneers of naval hospital adminstration.