April 14th – Friday

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. – Philippians 2:3

The U.S. Medical Corps was officially formed in April of 1818. The first Army Hospital had been developed by the Continental Congress in July 1775, supervised by a “director general and chief physician.” The former Department of the Hospital was dissolved in 1789, and the Regimental Surgeons formed in its place. For the next 30 years, Congress provided for an Army medical organization to be formed for war or an emergency. In 1816, uniforms were given to military doctors but military rank was not given until the permanent department was established, when the first surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Lovell, was appointed. Army physicians were ultimately given military rank in 1847. The development of an Army Medical School was proposed in 1862, but the school was not established until 1893. This school was the presdecessor of today’s Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

As the Lord leads, pray with us…

  • That U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy would seek prudence from the Lord as he fulfills his role in the president’s administration.
  • For members of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps as they work to protect, promote, and advance the health and security of the nation’s public.
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