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September 9, 1998

Naval MedicineNaval Surgeon: Life and Death at Sea in the Age of Sail

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 1998;280(10):936-937. doi:10.1001/jama.280.10.936-JBK0909-2-1

J. Worth Estes, MD, focusing on the period between the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, has made an important contribution to an expanding body of literature pertaining to medical practices in the early US Navy. Aptly entitled Naval Surgeon, Estes' book is an examination of the life and times of Dr Peter St. Medard, a Frenchman by birth, who became an American citizen and surgeon in the US Navy. After beginning his maritime career as a surgeon aboard a French slave-trading vessel, St. Medard went on to serve aboard the US Frigates Providence and Deane during the Revolutionary War. During the quasi war with France (1797-1801), St. Medard served aboard the USS Constitution and during the Barbary Wars aboard the US Frigate New-York.

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