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Jonathan M. Foltz was commissioned assistant surgeon of the navy by President Jackson in 1831. He became surgeon general of the navy under President Grant. His work took him to the coast of Sumatra in pursuit of pirates, and to Mexico and other countries. In the Civil War he was fleet surgeon on the Farragut on the Mississippi River. After the war he accompanied Farragut on the cruise around the world. The present volume is constructed by the author from notes and letters. It is an engaging narrative with a special interest for physicians. The personal relationships of Dr. Foltz to Polk and Buchanan and to other notables afford a striking insight into conditions during the administrations of these presidents. The book is provided with interesting illustrations and an adequate index.
Surgeon of the Seas: The Adventurous Life of Surgeon General Jonathan M. Foltz in the Days of Wooden Ships. JAMA. 1931;97(23):1734. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730230076039
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