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Article
January 13, 1975

Medical News

JAMA. 1975;231(2):121-126. doi:10.1001/jama.1975.03240140001001

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Abstract

Medicine in the floating city  An epidemic of beach fever is imminent aboard the aircraft carrier Franklin D. Roosevelt.What's more, her senior medical officer knows he can't prevent it.Don't bother going to the bookshelf. Beach fever isn't described in the standard medical textbooks.The Roosevelt, you see, is plowing toward the Mediterranean at this moment, and beach fever is simply the anticipatory excitement experienced in varying degrees by the 3,500 men aboard her as each of them thinks about going ashore.In a way, however, it typifies the unusual medical practice of CDR R.J. Coyle, MC, USN, and his colleagues aboard this "city at sea."This sea-going practice ranges through preventive, occupational, aerospace, nuclear, internal, and psychosomatic medicine, to say nothing of dermatology, endocrinology, family practice, infectious diseases, neurology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, radiology, public health, surgery, gynecology (wait —there's an explanation), and occasionally even pediatrics ("but not obstetrics

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