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Rough Medicine : Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail - Joan Druett

Rough Medicine

Surgeons at Sea in the Age of Sail

Paperback Published: 21st September 2001
ISBN: 9780415924528
Number Of Pages: 270

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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 disposal, the sorts of people they encountered in their travels, and the dangers they faced under the harsh conditions of life at sea.
"Rough Medicine" is much more than the lively stories of doctors at sea. It is a rich chronicle of both the early history of global trade and the evolution of modern medicine. Beautifully written and masterfully researched, there is no other book quite like this.

'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 -

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Medicine at Sea: Woodall's The Surgions Matep. 9
Shipping Outp. 27
The Medical Chestp. 49
The First Leg: Day-to-Day Lifep. 77
The Whale Huntp. 103
Accidents, Injuries, and Ailmentsp. 121
Battling Scurvyp. 139
Encounters with Native Peoplesp. 165
"Motley, Reckless and Profligate": Troubles with Captains and Crewsp. 183
Epilogue: The Fates of Our Surgeonsp. 205
Medical Chest Comparisonp. 221
Dr. King's Patient List, Aurora, 1840p. 231
Glossaryp. 237
Bibliographyp. 251
Indexp. 259
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ISBN: 9780415924528
ISBN-10: 0415924529
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 270
Published: 21st September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.68  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1