Surgery at Trafalgar

By Sir James Watt
, published May 2005

Abstract

The success of surgery at sea depended upon the health and welfare of the patient as much as the skill and experience of the surgeon. The disparity between the health, hygiene, morale and medical support between the two fleets could not have been greater. The article outlines the British as opposed to the French surgical traditions, giving details of the training and experience required by the British. The article lists the causes and nature of the injuries suffered, and gives experiences from individual ships before providing civilian comparisons.

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Filed under: Nelson | Atlantic | Napoleonic War
Subjects include: Administration | Manpower & Life at Sea | Navies

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