Physician-General of the Navy

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Office of the Physician-General of the Navy
Board of Admiralty Flag 19th to early 20th Century.gif
Department of Admiralty
Member ofMedical Branch
Reports toSecond Naval Lord
AppointerFirst Lord of the Admiralty
Subject to formal approval by the King-in-Council
Term lengthNot fixed
Inaugural holderSir William Burnett
Formation1835-1841

The Physician-General of the Navy was a senior appointment of the Royal Navy established in 1835. The office holder was chief medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty the title of the post holder was changed to Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets in January 1841.[1]

They were responsible for the control and direction of the Department of the Physician General of the Navy which in turn superintended the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service.

History

The origin of this appointment dates back to 1832 with the appointment of the Physician of the Navy that office went through a number name changes into the nineteenth century. In January 1835 the office of Physician of the Navy was renamed Physician-General of the Navy.[2] The office holder was the medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty. They were responsible for the control and direction of the Department of the Physician General of the Navy which in turn superintends the Royal Navy's Naval Medical Service. In January 1841 this office holders title was renamed Inspector-General of Naval Hospitals and Fleets.[3]

Office Holders

  1. Sir William Burnett, 1835 – 27 January 1841.

Footnotes

  1. Davis, Paul. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  2. Davis.
  3. Davis.

Bibliography

  1. Davis, Paul. "The Organisation of the Medical Department of the Royal Navy". www.pdavis.nl. Zeist, Netherlands: P. Davis. Retrieved 12 August 2019.