Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail

Rough Medicine: Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail


By (author) Joan Druett


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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 222mm x 18mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 18 October 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415924529
  • ISBN 13: 9780415924528
  • Illustrations note: 5 line drawings, 10 b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 1,636,514

Product description

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 disposal, the sorts of people they encountered in their travels, and the dangers they faced under the harsh conditions of life at sea.

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Author information

Joan Druettis the author ofShe Captains: Heroines and Hellions of the Sea(2000) andHen Frigates: Wives of Merchant Captains Under Sail(1998). She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.

Review quote

'Killing whales is sometimes attended with bad accidents.' Dr. William Dalton, surgeon of the Phoenix 'Joan Druett's latest work lives up to her reputation as one of our finest chroniclers of maritime lore.' - Roy Porter, Wellcome Institute -

Table of contents

1. Medicine at Sea: Woodall's the Surgeon's Mate 2. Shipping Out 3. The Medicine Chest 4. The First Leg: Day-to-Day Life 5. The Whale Hunt 6. Accidents, Injuries and Ailments 7. Battling Scurvy 8. Encounters with Native Peoples 9. "Motley, Reckles & Profigate": Troubles with Captains and Crews Epilogue: The Fates of Our Surgeons