THE LIFE OF SIR JOHN FORBES (1787-1861)

By Dr Robin A..L. Agnew

First published by Bernard Durnford Publishing (2002),
now an imprint of StewART Antill - revised and updated with additional information (2009)

This book tells the story of the life and achievements of Sir John Forbes – Royal Physician, Medical Journalist and first translator of Laennec, the remarkable French inventor of the stethoscope.

ISBN 978-0953567072

Paperback. 195mm x 130mm 82 pages 7 b/w plates
£7.99 incl. p&p. Available from all good booksellers or online by clicking the ISBN or see Reviews and Links page.

 

LIGHTFOOT WINDS

By Dr Robin A..L. Agnew.

Published by Bernard Durnford Publishing (2005),
now an imprint of StewART Antill - revised and updated with
additional information (2009)

This book is a sequel to the author’s previous work that studied the life of Sir John Forbes (1787-1861). Lightfoot Winds focuses on events taking place during Forbes’ service as a ship’s surgeon in the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic Wars between 1807 and 1815. The book gives an insight into naval life as authenticated by the Ships’ Logs and Muster Books of those vessels in which the Scottish doctor served at a time when the Royal Navy enjoyed command of the oceans, following Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar in October 1805.

Forbes and fellow medical officers were fortunate that the dreaded scurvy was by now virtually eliminated from the Fleet, a topic covered in some detail here. But there were many other challenges to be overcome in keeping a ship’s company fighting fit in a war that raged, under sail, over thousands of miles of ocean.

ISBN 978-1904470052

Glossy Paperback. 195mm x 130mm 168 pages 18 b/w plates. £12.99 incl. p&p. Available from all good booksellers or online by clicking the ISBN or see Reviews and Links page.

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