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October 24, 1953


JAMA. 1953;153(8):744. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.02940250050016

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Naval Hospital at Chelsea.—  The Naval Hospital at Chelsea, Mass., where on Oct. 12-14 an important symposium for civilian physicians, as well as military medical officers, was held, was closely associated with early events in the history of our country. The hospital overlooks the Mystic River and historic Charlestown, Mass., and from this point women and children gathered to witness the battle of Bunker Hill in June, 1775. Many of the wounded in that battle were taken across the river, where beneath the trees that shaded what is now the hospital grounds the women dressed the wounds of the victorious Revolutionary soldiers. The area on which the city of Chelsea is built at that time was known as Winnisimmet. The first public ferry in the country was operated in 1631 between Winnisimmet, Charlestown, and Boston, the Winnisimmet landing being on the hospital grounds at the site of the present

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