An engaging and entertaining personal experience of a surgeon in Nelson’s Fleet. – Originally published by Chatham in 2006 and reprinted by the current owners of Chatham Publishing under the Seaforth imprint. A vivid picture painted with humour by one who was there – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: Fiddlers and Whores, The Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelson's Fleet FILE: R2542 AUTHOR: James Lowry PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth BINDING: soft back PAGES: 192 PRICE: £9.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Royal Navy, Napoleonic Wars, Italy, Mediterranean, shipboard life, sailors, discipline, naval surgeon, ship's surgeon, medicine, shore leave, adventure
IMAGE: B2542.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/ycgltwnq LINKS: DESCRIPTION: An engaging and entertaining personal experience of a surgeon in Nelson's Fleet. - Originally published by Chatham in 2006 and reprinted by the current owners of Chatham Publishing under the Seaforth imprint. A vivid picture painted with humour by one who was there – Most Highly Recommended. During the last fifteen years, many established publishers have ceased to exist or been absorbed. This is particularly true of military history publishers. Pen & Sword acquired the Chatham Publishing imprint and this is one of the Chatham books that they have released under another of their imprints. The book is a fascinating memoir that was held privately by the Lowry family for two centuries. It provides fresh insight into a number of factors of the life in Nelson's Fleet and the reasons for joining it. The title of surgeon in the British military during the late 18th and early 19th Centuries covered a multitude of sins and aspirations. Scotland had been producing well-trained surgeons for many years and had already trained the first female doctors, but these newly qualified surgeons often found difficulty in affording their necessary equipment and establishing, or buying into, a medical practise. As a result, Scottish surgeons tended to join the military to be issued with the tools of their trade, gain experience and seek adventure. One example was Dr William Bryden who went out to India with the Army, survived the Massacre of the Khyber Pass and the Indian Mutiny, rather than struggle to fund a practise in Scotland or England. Surgeons from other origins frequently had a more diverse set of motives, including the escape from creditors, addiction to alcohol, or some other less positive reasons. That meant that the quality of surgeons varied widely and many were little more than butchers who had a primary skill at amputation. James Lowry was a young Irish doctor and his primary motives were a sense of adventure and a desire to travel. His memoirs provide a novel view of life in and around the British Fleet. Lowry found the Navy both odd and intriguing. His memoirs set these impressions out and his lively anecdotes may seem at first boastful, or fanciful, many can be independently verified, suggesting that his account is honest and finely observed.