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Doctors at sea : emigrant voyages to colonial Australia /
Robin Haines.
imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
description
x, 248 p. : ill.
ISBN
1403986851 (cloth)
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imprint
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.
isbn
1403986851 (cloth)
catalogue key
5650981
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robin Haines is Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Science, Flinders University, South Australia.
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In this engaging tale of movement from one hemisphere to another, we see doctors at work attending to their often odious and demanding duties at sea, in quarantine, and after arrival. The book shows, in graphic detail, just why a few notorious voyages suffered tragic loss of life in the absence of competent supervision. Its emphasis, however, is on demonstrating the extent to which the professionalism of the majority of surgeon superintendents, even on ships where childhood epidemics raged, led to the extraordinary saving of life on the Australian route in the Victorian era.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A tale of movement from one hemisphere to another, this work shows, in graphic detail, just why a few notorious voyages suffered tragic loss of life in the absence of competent supervision.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. viii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. x
'It would be very satisfactory to land them all in good health': Emigrants and their superintendents at seap. 1
'May it be the last of our sorrows': Disease and death at seap. 17
'The obstinately dirty character of the people': Origins, children, and epidemics at seap. 34
'A most efficient body of officers': Surgeon superintendents and their responsibilitiesp. 54
'His many duties and anxieties': Supervision and discipline at seap. 81
'The mother's milk generally fails them in about six weeks': Infant and child healthp. 92
'The people suffered greatly in consequence': Discomfort, weather, and Great Circle sailingp. 104
'The Dr is supreame over all on board bar the Capton and Officers': Matrons, constables, and emigrantsp. 118
'Firmness and indulgence, consideration and strictness': Dr Strutt's management of families and Irish girlsp. 133
'I held a court in the ward': Dr Ayre and democracy at seap. 147
'The passengers are falling sick every day': Epidemics and quarantinep. 170
The Uses of South Australian Data on Causes of Deathp. 180
Individual Causes of Death as Reported by Surgeons on Voyages to South Australia 1848-1885p. 182
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 216
Indexp. 229
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