ProgressBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7280.218/b (Published 27 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:218
- Andrew Iddles, senior ship's doctor
After many years at sea as a cruise ship doctor, I am often asked: “How do you keep up to date?” Practising medicine in isolation from other doctors, we may be regarded by our peers as out of touch.
Not at all. We see a frequently changing population of well over 1000 passengers, mainly elderly and most taking at least one prescription medication. So we are in a unique position to observe the medicine currently practised ashore, and this gives us a good insight into “progress.” Our therapeutic armamentarium is limited to the more tried and tested generic drugs of proven efficacy.
I doubt that any two people on board are taking exactly the same medication, although I …