PHYSICIAN TO THE FLEET. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THOMAS TROTTER 1760-1832.

Vale, Brian & Edwards, Griffith.


£75.00




The Boydell Press, 1st.ed., 2011. Xii + 235 pp., 14 ills. Pict. boards. 24 x 16cm. FINE. Signed & inscribed by Dr. Nicholas Rodger : "Nicholas Rodger. All Souls Coll. Oxon. St. Polycarp's Day 2011." Dr. Thomas Trotter was a Scottish medical reformer who began his career in the Royal Navy as an Assistant Surgeon and rose to become Physician to the Fleet. At one period of his sea-going career during his youth, he sailed as surgeon aboard the notorious Liverpool slaver BROOKES, leading him to become a staunch critic of the slave trade. Trotter was present at the Glorious First of June in 1794 and rubbed shoulders with Howe, St. Vincent, Nelson, Wilberforce and Jenner. In 1802, having served as Physician of the Channel Fleet from 1794 to 1801, his Medicina Nautica was published, describing the state of naval medicine during the French Revolutionary War. He devoted his life to the medical welfare of the Royal Navy, serving in many ships and working at Haslar ; struggling to control typhus, to introduce Jenner's smallpox vaccination, and to stamp out scurvy. This is a modern assessment of an outstanding figure in naval history, covering both his sea-going career and his civilian life when he wrote several important books on naval medicine.


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