Model 1887 Hospital Bolo

Model of 1887 Hospital Corps Knife

The Model of 1887 Hospital Corps Knife – By Frank Trzaska

On July 27, 1775 Congress authorized the establishment of a medical service. It authorized one Director General and Chief Physician (Surgeon General), four surgeons, one apothecary, 20 surgeons’ mates, one clerk and two storekeepers. It also provided one nurse to every 10 sick, and laborers as needed. Dr. Benjamin Church was selected as the first Surgeon General of the United States. Based on the recommendations of the Director General, on July 17, 1776, Congress authorized the employment of hospital stewards.

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Model 1877 Bolo