View Full Version : Ship Captain's Medical Guide

Seth Wood
12-03-2002, 09:13 AM
To anyone who has been injured, might be injured, or might deal with an injury in a crewmember, here's a superb resource worth checking out:


It's the UK's Maritime & Coastguard Agency's guide for dealing with medical emergencies when no doctor is onboard.

Also helpful is this page, MSN 1726 (http://www.mcagency.org.uk/msn/msn1726.htm), listing required medicines. Might help to be a doctor to get most of these. Good reading, all of it.

Ian G Wright
12-03-2002, 09:26 AM
Ah yes,,,,,, I had a copy in the 70's dating from the 50's. I recall with paticular fondness the three pages on the symptoms of death,,,,,,,,
Even better than the page in Reeds on childberth,"boil two pieces of string,,,,,,,"


12-03-2002, 05:14 PM
I carry a copy on board. In fact, when posted to remote regions of the world, it was the first aid book that I took with me. Very clear, concise, comprehensive and easy to follow. It is not the IMO recommended publication but almost every merchant ship has a copy because it is so good.

(OBTW, the current edition no longer has the lurid photos in the section on STD's!)

12-06-2002, 12:47 AM
for good all round texts on medical problems and how to solve them, with flowcharts anyone with some sense can follow, you should try obtaining either a "remote area" nurse's handbook or even a paramedic/ambulance type 'handbook'. as a nurse i've often wondered if i would bother taking along a book about stuff i (think!!!!) i know like the back of my hand and i've decided to take along the book that is widely used here in Queensland for remote area nurses (probably more so for other persons to use). it has all that is needed in so far as treatment and drugs which would not be beyond the scope of any sensible cruising folk and the boat environment. i havn't seen the latest ship capt's med guide but the 1967 copy to hand is a sombre, boring tome which would be hard to use when it's really needed. i hope the format has been changed? i personally only kit out for minor trauma because if you have someone who is requiring treatment beyond first aid then it would mean carrying a whole heap of specialised gear etc and without immediate backup it wouldn't do too well. i expect that good medical asistance in the form of advice or physical help isn't too far away these days anyway.

12-06-2002, 03:50 AM
1967? Yes, it most certainly has changed - several times, completely - since then! Nothing at all like the book you remember - for one thing, medicine has moved on quite a bit! It is a wholly different book now and having used it for just the purposes you describe I feel it is one of the best for a non-medically trained person to take along.