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U.S. Public Health Service Historic Hospitals and Division of Nursing Public Affairs Collection 1892-1984
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Biography

Historical Note

The United States Public Health Service, successor to the U.S. Marine Hospital Service (1798-1902) and the U.S. Public Health and Marine Hospital Service (1902-1912) administered the former marine hospitals in addition to many other hospitals and clinics, the last of which were closed in 1981.

USPHS Division of Nursing originated in the PHS Office of the Surgeon General from the combination of the Division of Nurse Education and Office of Nursing in the Bureau of Medical Services, in 1946; in 1949 this division was abolished and divided into the Division of Nursing Resources in the Bureau of Medical Services and the Division of Public Health Nursing in the Bureau of State Services. In 1960 these two divisions were consolidated into the Division of Nursing in the Bureau of State Services.