Persistence Pays by John Paull
Persistence Pays: The discovery of Dr William Russ Pugh's log and journal of his 1835 voyage from England to New Holland.
Transcribed and annotated by John Paull
Dr Pugh was employed as the ship's doctor on the barque Derwent for a five-month voyage from Gravesend in England to Hobart in Van Diemen's Land. Along with his clinical notes, Pugh's diary includes mention of a shortage of drinking water, storms, meteorites, a partial eclipse of the sun, an encounter with pirates and his own on-board romance.
This work complements Not Just an Anaesthetist, the author's first book on William Pugh who introduced surgical anaesthesia to Australia in 1847 (in Launceston, Tasmania).
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