Physician of the Navy

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Office of the Physician 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
Formation1832-1835

The Physician of the Navy was a senior appointment of the Royal Navy established in 1832. The office holder was chief medical adviser to the Board of Admiralty the title of the post holder was changed to Physician-General of the Navy in January 1835.[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

This office was established in 1832 with the title of the Physician of the Navy went through a number name changes throughout 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.[3]

Office Holders

  1. Sir William Burnett, 1832 – January 1835.

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.