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Nelson's Surgeon: William Beatty, Naval Medicine, and the Battle of Trafalgar

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1150
  1. Graeme Glass, senior house officer in plastic surgery (
  1. St George's Hospital, London

    The 200th anniversary this year of the Battle of Trafalgar has sparked new life into the subject of Britain's mari-time history. But the work of naval surgeons has rarely been explored in any great detail. Signing up for the navy was often seen as a route by which young men with an interest in surgery and a basic qualification provided by the Company of Surgeons could gain experience before furthering their career in private, civilian practice. For others it was the only opportunity to practise, their level of proficiency being …

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