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Surgery in Nelson's Navy: the death of an Admiral

A lecture from the series 'Surgeons at War: Trafalgar to Tikrit'.

The Royal College of Surgeons has a strong connection with the armed services and historically has played a leading role in training, examining and equipping the Royal Navy.

The training and work of contemporary naval surgeons will be described – also the wounds and illnesses that bedevilled the seamen. Some comparisons with the army are interesting. Surgical techniques were as sophisticated as they could be without the benefits of antisepsis, anaesthesia, nursing and hygiene.

The conclusion has to be that these surgeons and their patients struggled under conditions that we could barely imagine


Mr Mick Crumplin FRCS | talks


Date and Time:

6 October 2005 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



Hunterian Museum, London
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields
020 7869 6560

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