Western Australian Maritime Museum – Fremantle 3

Another interesting book on display in the exhibition, “Rough Medicine” at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, Fremantle is a copy of “The Adventures of Roderick Random. Scottish writer, Tobias Smollett qualified as a surgeon and worked as a naval surgeon before he turned to writing. In “The Adventures of Roderick Random” published in 1748, he describes conditions on board a naval ship where ill sailors lie in filth and limbs are amputated in horrifying conditions.

Rough Medicine - Roderick Random

 

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