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Sir Gilbert Blane’s Letters Part 2: Commissioner of the Sick and Hurt Board, 1795

Posted by Graeme Barber, on August 9th, 2021

Abstract

This post is the second part of a 2-part post presenting letters written by Gilbert Blane, one of the Royal Navy’s most prominent physicians of the eighteenth century. Part 1 presented edited extracts from a sixteen-page letter Blane wrote to the Sick and Hurt Board in June 1780, for the first time outlining his new ideas for reforming the health of the navy’s sailors. The letters presented here date from the time when Blane was serving as commissioner to the Sick and Hurt Board, a post he took up in late 1795.

 

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