Life and Death in the Age of Sail
Explore the fascinating history of how illness shaped early sea voyages from the 17th century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th century.
Illness could render a long sea voyage horrific. The ‘cure’ could be even more brutal.
Explore the fascinating history of how illness shaped early sea voyages from the 17th century until the advent of the steamship in the late 19th century. Operations were conducted without anaesthetic and the surgeon’s most prized skill was speed.
Rough Medicine: Life & Death in the Age of Sail brings together an extraordinary collection that includes passengers’ diaries, surgeons’ journals, surgical instruments, bone syringes, tinctures and powders and even jars of wriggling leeches.
Come and take your own journey on the high seas to find out if you would have survived the surgeon’s knife.
Rough Medicine was designed and toured by the South Australian Maritime Museum.
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Australia National Maritime Museum
Every day 9.30 am - 5 pm
Extend to 6.00 pm in January
Closed Xmas Day 25 Dec.
2 Murrey Street
sydney NSW 2000, AU
+61 2 9298 3777