Rough Medicine

Rough Medicine : Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail

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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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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 146 x 222 x 18mm | 358.34g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 line drawings, 10 b&w photos
  • 0415924529
  • 9780415924528
  • 1,797,508

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'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 -

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About Joan Druett

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.

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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

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