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 -