Exhibition

Rough Medicine

Life and Death in the Age of Sail

Rough Medicine: 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.

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  • Now open until Sunday 8 May 2016

    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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    Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, until Sunday 8 May 2016

    Entry included in our FREE Galleries Ticket. Beat the queues and book online.

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