Ship Captain's Medical Guide

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  1. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    Saw a 1952 copy of this Admiralty publication in Emsworth, in the section of the Antiques centre occupied as an outstation by the Petersfield bookshop. Forgot to note the price, but later pondered that there seem to be some medics on RR so maybe they would be interested.

    .. imagine - Jack laid out on the wardroom table while Jimmy attempts an appendicectomy, book in one hand, wardroom carving knife in the other .. "It's OK, Sir, it doesn't hurt much" says stoic Jack, "but leave me my left one .. please .. Sir .." .. ship's cat is licking the spreading puddle off the wardroom carpet ..
  2. There are a few of us on here who collect. (just a few, something to do with being able to read)

    I prefer anything with pictures, so I "specialise" in Seamanship manuals, naval ratings handbooks, etc.

    If you get a chance, I would like more details, please, if it is an RN publication, rather than a Merchant Navy job.

    Ill get my anorak.
  3. I sell the current edition of this book to my clients it's requirement for most commercial vessels
  4. It makethhh my thhung all thingggly....

    What next...Brain surgery for the Chippy- where to stick the auger? (Master and Commander..) How to sew up an aortic dissection with a riggers belt.

    Not as frightening as the dentist kit on Subs though, "Is it safe?!?!?" (see Marathon Man) Can you imagine needing a post abscess root canal on a bomber patrol...

    (Im micturating myself in anticipation...)
  5. I'll join you in Collector's Corner.(NZB puts on thick glasses and adopts late 70's Open University TV lecturers geekish tones.)
    My fetishes are Royal Marine Light Infantry badges, buttons, walking out sticks (little canes topped with a silver/steel cover with RMLI/RM badge on) brasses and Pith Helmet Badges (FFS, NZB get a fecking grip) and buxom lasses.
  6. The Ships Captains Medical Guide, and its later incarnation, The International Medical Guide for Ships, proved invaluable to me. Written is simple words of one syllable so even submarine Coxswains can understand them, they made me appear a veritable brain surgeon to anxious sailors needing treatment for everything from acne to drippy dicks. The golden rule was, never be seen reading the book in front of the victim/patient. This used to upset them for some reason...

    It was not a BR but a publication from HMSO and was used by the navy, merchant navy and was avilable to fishermen, yachties and anyone else who wished to buy it.
  7. Seaweed

    Seaweed War Hero Book Reviewer

    The Petersfield Bookshop seems to have bought up a lot of John Winton's library which must have been very extensive - several of the items on sale in Emsworth have JW's bookplate. They also have naval and seafaring titles in their main shop in Petersfield but have obviously finessed that this stuff may go well in Emsworth. Personally I find their prices a bit high! but no doubt they know their market. I didn't see any seamanship manuals lately but there must be thousands of them floating around. Portsmouth Library has several in the Naval collection in its reference section.

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