Naval Medical Service 1793-1815

By Eunice H Turner, published May 1960


A comprehensive summary of the progress made in all functions of this Service during the French Wars. Elements discussed include: Responsible Commissioning Board’s duties, bureaucracy, functions, staff composition, dedication, excessive workload and NMS developing effectiveness. Results from the Service’s rigorous inspection policies regarding medical practices on board RN ships, in naval hospitals, hospital ships and prison ships are considered in depth. Further issues include the raising of RN surgeon standards, recruitment practices and status. The NMS’s vital contribution to improving a wide range of naval medical procedures and practices between 1793 and 1815 is concisely examined in this article.

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Filed under: Napoleonic War | French Revolution | Health at Sea | Other (location)
Subjects include: Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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