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Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail
Rough Medicine Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail
Author: Joan Druett
By use of detective work and meticulous research, Joan Druett has reconstructed an exciting account of a way of life that has long since vanished. Using diaries, journals, and correspondences, Druett recounts the daily grind surgeons on nineteenth-century whaling ships faced: the rudimentary tools they used, the treatments they had at their disp...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780415924528
ISBN-10: 0415924529
Publication Date: 10/1/2001
Pages: 224
Edition: 1
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Publisher: Routledge
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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An interesting tale about ships' surgeons from the 19th century and earlier. Some of it deals with the various 'cures' these surgeons used. One of my living history friends was fascinated by the comparisons of two different ship's medical chests and the medications, herbal and chemical, listed.

It also covers the adventures of various surgeons sailing in navy, merchant and whaling vessels. Not all of them experienced the best of times. Between serving under ship captains who were tyrants, drunks, incompetent or all three, life aboard ship was anything but dull.


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