Over the years since its first publication in 1972, more than 30,000 bluewater sailors have looked to this book when injury or illness struck at sea. Virtually every accident or ailment that might happen when professional medical care is unavailable is squarely faced and dealt with, using layman's language and step-by-step instructions that allay panic and calmly take the reader from diagnosis through treatment to followup care.
The fifth edition brings this standard work up to date with current medical practice. Diagrams inside the front and back covers point the reader to the section of the book that should be consulted. Each section starts with a short account of a possible accident or sickness that might occur on a voyage, and then lists the steps to be taken by the caregiver. Photographs and diagrams accompany many of the descriptions of procedures.
Separate chapters are devoted to preparing a crew and the boat's medical chest for long cruises, including lists of drugs for which prescriptions are needed. A number of chapters deal with the unique needs of children.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Peter F. Eastman, M.D., graduated from Wesleyan University and received his medical degree from the University of Buffalo. After serving abroad in the U.S. Naval Reserve in World War II he studied surgery at the University of Michigan.
He was a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Numerous papers and articles by Eastman were published in Annals of Surgery and Surgery, as well as in Sail, Sea, Pacific Motor Boat, and Yachting.
Eastman spent many years sailing his yacht Con Tina in South Pacific waters. Before his death in 2002, he had his home on the shore in Australia.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
John M.Levinson is a retired physician. He grew up in Margate City, New Jersey, where he had an opportunity to observe shorebirds firsthand. He has been a hunter of ducks and geese for over forty years, an avid collector of decoys for more than thirty, and a small boat sailor for over fifty years.
A past president of Explorers ClubNew York City, he is the founder of Aid for International Medicine, Inc., and former medical director for Quark Expeditions, serving as ship's surgeon in arctic and antarctic waters from 1991 to 1995.