Skip to main content

Medicine Bibliography

This bibliography is split into two parts the first part has annotations concerning some of the major works used to create the page on Pirate Medicine. Below that is a more complete listing of all works looked at in creating the page.

Primary sources

The books listed below were the primary sources for Pirate Medicine. In many instances you will note that they have a notation that says Referenced by Garrison-Morton (5th ed.). This refers to Morton's Medical Bibliography: An Annotated Check-list of Texts Illustrating the History of Medicine (Garrison and Morton). The G&M Bibliography contains entries to references and original sources that are considered the most important contributions published concerning the development and history of medicine.

Earle, A. Scott

Surgery in America: from the colonial era to the twentieth century; selected writings

Philadelphia, Saunders,
x, 280 p. ill., ports.
ISBN: 0030619998 (alk. paper) :; 0275913899;
Referenced by Garrison-Morton (5th ed.)

In depth information, not an easy browse
Very informative but it will take a little time to soak up the information.

Elliott, Isabelle Mary Zena; Elliott, James Rawlings

A short history of surgical dressings

London, Pharmaceutical Press
x, 118 p. ill., ports.
Referenced by Garrison-Morton (5th ed.)

Have very few pages devoted to this time period but the few that are must be read if you want to have a clear understanding on the state of surgical dressing during the golden Age.

Gordon, Maurice Bear

Naval and maritime medicine during the American Revolution

Ventnor, N.J.:Ventnor Publishers,
ix, 134 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Referenced by Garrison-Morton (5th ed.)

Excellent information concerning the medicine kept aboard ships. It talks about:

  • the value palced on surgeons and other helath care professionals
  • quality of health care
  • pay scales, etc.

Novotny, Ann.; Smith, Carter

Images of healing:a portfolio of American medical and pharmaceutical practice in the 18th, 19th, & early 20th centuries

New York : Macmillan,
Description: 144 p. : ill., ports.
ISBN: 0025908200

Broken down in 1/2 century sections, with some interesting photos. Despite the title there is quit a bit to read.

Roddis, Louis Harry

A short history of nautical medicine

New York, London, P. B. Hoeber, inc.
ix p., 1 l., 359 p. ill., ports., plates.
Referenced by Garrison-Morton (5th ed.)

You really can't get a good picutre of nautical medicine without this book.

Roddis, Louis H.

James Lind : founder of nautical medicine

London : Wm. Heineman Medical Books Ltd.,
Year: 1950

Williams, Guy R.

The age of agony: the art of healing, c. 1700-1800

Chicago, Ill. : Academy Chicago Publishers,
1986, 1975
xi, 236 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
ISBN: 0897332024 :; 0897332032 (pbk.).

An overall fun read if you consider reading about pain and pestilence fun. There are portion that will make you wence in pain if you are not familiar with the topic. The book has a fairly balanced approach toward the "age of agony".

Pirate Medicine Bibliography

  1. Chakrabarti, P. ""neither of Meate nor Drinke, but what the Doctor Alloweth": Medicine Amidst War and Commerce in Eighteenth-Century Madras." Bulletin of the History of Medicine 80, no. 1 (2006): 1-38.
  2. Craig, Berry. "Pirates, Prostheses and Performing Amputations on the High Seas." O & P Business News, no. September 1 (2006): 42.
  3. Earle, A. Scott. Surgery in America: From the Colonial Era to the Twentieth Century; Selected Writings. Philadelphia: Saunders, 1965.
  4. Elliott, Isabelle M. Z. Elliott,James Rawlings. A Short History of Surgical Dressings. London: Pharmaceutical Press, 1964.
  5. Gordon, Maurice Bear. Naval and Maritime Medicine during the American Revolution. Ventnor, N.J: Ventnor Publishers, 1978.
  6. Harland, K. "Naval Medical Care 1620-1770. Saving the Seamen: Naval Medical Care in the Pre-Nelson Era, 1620-1770." Journal of the Royal Naval Medical Service 91, no. 2 (2005): 64-82.
  7. Lawrence, C. "The Shaping of Things to Come: Scottish Medical Education 1700-1939." Medical Education 40, no. 3 (Mar 2006 Mar): 212-218.
  8. Magee, R. "Medical Practice and Medical Education 1500-2001: An Overview." ANZ Journal of Surgery 74, no. 4 (Apr 2004 Apr): 272-276.
  9. Naqvi, N. H. "The First British Illustrated Surgical Catalogue." Vesalius: Acta Internationales Historiae Medicinae 10, no. 1 (Jun 2004 Jun): 38-41.
  10. Novotny, Ann Smith,C.Carter. Images of Healing : A Portfolio of American Medical & Pharmaceutical Practice in the 18th, 19th, and Early 20th Centuries. New York; London: Macmillan; Collier Macmillan, 1980.
  11. Roddis, Louis H. James Lind, Founder of Nautical Medicine. New York: H. Schuman, 1950.
  12. Roddis, Louis H. A Short History of Nautical Medicine. New York: London, P.B. Hoeber, 1941.
  13. Smollett, Tobias George BoucÚ, Paul-Gabriel. The Adventures of Roderick Random. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.
  14. Walker, R. M. "The Barber Surgeons of Bristol." Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Journal 90, no. 335/6 (Jul-Oct 1975 Jul-Oct): 51-56.
  15. Williams, Guy R. The Age of Agony : The Art of Healing, c. 1700-1800. Chicago, Ill: Academy Chicago Publishers, 1986.
Profile picture for user Tobias Gibson

The only author and editor of all pages on the site. Most of what I write about is based on years of book reading on the topic. My first web page was published back in 1994.

Updated: 04 September 2022