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Books, Journals, New Media
February 19, 2003

Maritime Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor; adviser for new media, Robert Hogan, MD, San Diego.

JAMA. 2003;289(7):920-921. doi:10.1001/jama.289.7.920

Medicine Under Sail presents a sound introduction to the practice of medicine at sea during the age of sailing ships. The author, a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, remarks in the preface that, while the development of transoceanic travel advanced exploration and commerce, it consequently gave rise to a host of new and daunting health problems.

Not considered at the time was the part of the equation that included the needs of the human body and mind. Problems of food storage, faulty diet, disease, and injury and psychological adjustment to month after month of life in crowded quarters took their toll. The book is about the devastation caused by these problems and the people who tried to solve them. Dr Friedenberg explores most of the major issues confronting sea-going medical practitioners during this period.

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