An Antarctic sealing expedition and the medical diary of William Spiers Bruce (1867-1921).

Research paper by Henry H Guly

Indexed on: 13 Nov '12Published on: 13 Nov '12Published in: Journal of medical biography


William Spiers Bruce was a medical student who sailed as ship's surgeon on the Balaena, one of the ships of the Dundee Whaling Expedition to the Antarctic (1892-93). On this expedition he kept a diary listing his medical consultations and the treatments he administered. This paper considers the expedition and the diaries.