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Rough medicine : surgeons at sea in the age of sail

Author: Joan Druett
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2000.
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Using diaries, journals, and correspondence, the author introduces readers to doctors who endured life on the sea, what types of medicines and surgical tools they used, and what sort of people they encountered. Illustrations and photos.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Druett
ISBN: 0415924510 9780415924511 0415924529 9780415924528
OCLC Number: 44046903
Description: x, 270 p. : ill.; 24 cm.
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
Medicine at sea: Woodall's the surgions mate --
Shipping out --
Medical chest --
First leg: Day-to-day life --
Whale hunt --
Accidents, injuries, and ailments --
Battling ccurvy --
Encounters with native peoples --
"Motley, reckless & profligate": Troubles with captains and crews --
Epilogue: Fates of our surgeons --
Appendix A: Medical chest comparison --
Appendix B: Dr. King's patient list, Aurora, 1840 --
Appendix C: Glossary --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Joan Druett.
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Using diaries, journals and correspondence the author tells a fascinating story of remarkable men who shipped out as doctors on South Sea whalers in the early nineteenth century.  Read more...

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