The ship captain’s medical guide

Practical medical guidance for laymen (non-doctors) working on board a ship. This is the 22nd edition, which is the most up-to-date and complete.



This manual is written for laymen (non-doctors) working on board a ship. It contains a wide range of authoritative advice and will help you:

  • assess and treat injuries
  • diagnose and treat illness
  • on journeys where you won’t have quick access to professional medical advice

Medical stores to carry on a UK flag ship

For information on:

  • the use
  • potential side effects
  • precautions

associated with the medical stores, download merchant shipping notice (MSN) 1768 and its list of corrections (corrigendum).

Both contain essential information, so it’s a good idea to have them both saved or printed out to keep with the medical guide.

One thought on “The ship captain’s medical guide

  1. I had a doctor who was formerly tasked with relaying instructions by radio for medical and surgical procedures on ships, but I think most U.S. Navy ships are big enough to warrant having their own doctor on board.

    But then again, would any good doctor work on a ship (or in a prison)? You might be better off with the captain trying his best.

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