Doctors at Sea

Emigrant Voyages to Colonial Australia

Authors: Haines, R.

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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.

About the authors

ROBIN HAINES is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Social Science, Flinders University, Australia.

Reviews

'Though the focus might seem narrow, this is an illuminating work of history. It contains within it glimpses and echoes of lives long-forgotten that speak across time with great power.' - Sydney Morning Herald

'Robin Haines' story is a microcosm of Victorian hierarchy: class, racial and sectarian feeling on the one hand, and on the other the integrity and generosity displayed by paternalism at its most high-minded.' - The Melbourne Age

'Robin Haines's excellent little study of nineteenth-century emigrant voyages to Australia from Britain cogently captures the perils of such expeditions...the book is rich in revealing anecdotes.' - Christopher Lawrence, Times Literary Supplement

'...I have realized, through reading Robin Haines's excellent study of oceanic voyages, how little I actually know about what happens in that long interval between ports...This is a slim, beautifully-written volume. One hopes that there is yet more to be gained from such carefully detailed studies.' - Maureen Lux, Medical History


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • ‘It would be very satisfactory to land them all in good health’: Emigrants and their superintendents at sea

    Haines, Robin

    Pages 1-16

  • ‘May it be the last of our sorrows’: Disease and death at sea

    Haines, Robin

    Pages 17-33

  • ‘The obstinately dirty character of the people’: Origins, children, and epidemics at sea

    Haines, Robin

    Pages 34-53

  • ‘A most efficient body of officers’: Surgeon superintendents and their responsibilities

    Haines, Robin

    Pages 54-80

  • ‘His many duties and anxieties’: Supervision and discipline at sea

    Haines, Robin

    Pages 81-91

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Doctors at Sea
Book Subtitle
Emigrant Voyages to Colonial Australia
Authors
Copyright
2005
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Robin Haines
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-24842-7
DOI
10.1057/9780230248427
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-8685-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-54109-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 248
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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