Shipwreck Databases Western Australian Museum

Health and Disease on the Dutch High Seas: An Analysis of Medical Supplies from the Batavia, Vergulde Draeck and Zeewijk

Author/s Eginton, C.A.-E.

Year of publication 2014

Report Number: No. 109

This report explores the education, career, and status of ship surgeons employed in the VOC and provide an in-depth analysis of the artifacts recovered from Batavia, Vergulde Draak and Zeewijk that are associated with the surgeon’s daily practices. As the ships in question date to the rise and height of Company power in Asia, they provide an excellent snapshot of the surgeon’s profession at the busiest and most dangerous periods in VOC shipping