The Ships Captain’s medical guide

Author: MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency)

Summary: This book provides basic recommendations for injuries, illnesses and outbreaks on board ship. In reality it is often very difficult to make an accurate diagnosis of an infectious disease without laboratory investigations.It may be possible if there are very specific features such as a rash (varicella) or cluster of suggestive features (regular fever, enlarged spleen and history of mosquito bites in an endemic area). Because of the difficulty in making an accurate diagnosis on board ship you may have to give a variety of treatments each directed at different infections agents.

Info about the book: ISBN 9780115516580; 22nd edition; published in February 1999

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