Catalogue description Medical and Surgical journal of His Majesty's hired Bark the Norfolk between the 30...

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Medical and Surgical journal of His Majesty's hired Bark the Norfolk between the 30 October 1836 and the 12 February 1837 by John Inches, Surgeon, during which time the said bark was employed in conveying prisoners to Sydney, New South Wales.

Folio 1: Blank.

Folios 2-4: Harry Bell, aged 27, convict; disease or hurt, general debility, want of appetite irregular pulse, shortness of breath. Put on sick list, 16 November 1836, at sea. Died, 21 November 1836.

Folios 4-5: William Fares, aged 24, convict; disease or hurt, fixed pain in his right breast, great difficulty breathing, pulse full, quick and hard, tongue foul, skin hot and dry, great thirst. Put on sick list, 28 November 1837, at sea. Discharged, 12 December 1837.

Folios 6-11: William Smith, aged 26, convict; disease or hurt, fixed pain in his breast, difficulty of breathing, pulse quick, skin hot and dry, considerable thirst. Put on sick list, 20 December 1836, at sea. Died, 14 January 1837.

Folios 7-9: John Richards, aged 24, convict; disease or hurt, fixed pain in his chest, great difficulty breathing, pulse full, hard and quick, tongue foul, skin hot and dry, thirst. Put on sick list, 23 December 1836, at sea. Discharged, 30 December 1836.

Folios 9-10: Jonathan Hill, age and capacity not recorded; disease or hurt, severe griping pain in the lower abdomen, with frequent loose stools of white mucus and faeces. Put on sick list, 1 January 1837, at sea. Discharged to duty, 7 January 1837.

Folios 11-12: John Pearce, aged 24, convict; disease or hurt, severe griping pains all over the lower abdomen, with frequent loose stools of frothy white mucus and faeces. Put on sick list, 1 February 1837, at sea. Discharged, 8 February 1837.

Folios 12-13: John Dawson, aged 22, convict; disease or hurt, severe fixed pain I the right breast, difficulty breathing, pulse full and hard, tongue foul. Put on sick list, 8 February 1837, at sea. Convalescent, landed with the other men, 11 February 1837.

Folios 14-23: Blank.

Folio 24: Abstract of the preceding journal, being a summary of all the cases contained therein, nosologically arranged. Atrophia, Order marcores, case number 1. Phthisis, Order macies, case number 2. Pleuritis, Order membranaciae, case numbers 4 and 7. Diarrhoea, Order spasmi, cases 5 and 6.

Folio 25: Surgeon's general remarks. Sailed from Spithead on [30] October [1836], an excellent run out of the Channel and fine weather. All healthy except Harry Bell who had been in a desponding way since embarking at Spithead. Towards the end of November there were a few cases of scurvy, treated with lime and wine. Arrived in Port Jackson on 11 February with none on the sick list. The prisoners were very orderly and clean. There was no fever on board. Signed John Inches Surgeon

Date: 1836-1837
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description

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