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Seasickness: the bane of cruises

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 17 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3753
  1. Christopher Bulstrode, emeritus professor of trauma and orthopaedics, Stanton St John, Oxfordshire, UK
  1. Christopher.bulstrode{at}

“I should never have come on this cruise,” she groaned. “It was my husband who wanted us to go. I hate ships and loathe the sea, and now I feel sooo … ill.” This is Stage 1, or mild seasickness—nausea accompanied by self pity and, most importantly, the conviction that it is all someone else’s fault.

In Stage 2, moderate seasickness, I am called out in the night to a darkened cabin where, as the ship gently rolls along, …

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