Naval and Civilian Influences on Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Medical Practice

By Sir James Watt, published February 2011


This posthumously published essay by the former Surgeon Vice Admiral of the Royal Navy considers how naval and civilian medical discoveries, attitudes and practices influenced each other during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Topics considered include the role of citrus juice in combatting scurvy, quinine and malaria, bloodletting, water purity and cholera, timing of amputations and mortality, healthcare in the first fleets to Australia and in the Crimea, use of antiseptics in surgery, anaesthesia, and statistical analysis and evidence based medicine. The role of the Medical Society of London and Haslar are also considered.

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Filed under: Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous

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