Cruise Ship S.O.S.: The Life-Saving Adventures of a Doctor at Sea

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Who are you going to call if it all goes wrong at sea? Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always absolutely real, CRUISE SHIP SOS is a unique account of one incredible year at sea for Dr Ben MacFarlane. After spending a year saving lives at 35,000 feet as a repatriation doctor Ben then decided to take to the seas and spend a year travelling the world as a ship's doctor. During this year Ben experienced everything from passengers falling off climbing walls on the ship or off camels during drunken excursions on dry ...

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Cruise Ship SOS: The Life-Saving Adventures of a Doctor at Sea

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Who are you going to call if it all goes wrong at sea? Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always absolutely real, CRUISE SHIP SOS is a unique account of one incredible year at sea for Dr Ben MacFarlane. After spending a year saving lives at 35,000 feet as a repatriation doctor Ben then decided to take to the seas and spend a year travelling the world as a ship's doctor. During this year Ben experienced everything from passengers falling off climbing walls on the ship or off camels during drunken excursions on dry land through to looking after lonely ladies with broken hearts and with a dose of middle-aged businessmen who do some real damage trying to impress the aerobics instructor in the gym. Join Ben and his passengers and find out why ship doctors think bar stools should carry health warnings, and why no amount of sharks, pirates or tidal waves will ever be as dangerous as the midnight buffet.

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"Riveting."  —Independent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780340919774
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 7/1/2010
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ben MacFarlane graduated in medicine from Imperial College, London in 1998 and started carrying out medical repatriations in the spring of 2001. He then spent a year working on the cruise ship circuit and now works full time in a west London teaching hospital.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Setting Sail 1

Part 2 The Mid-Atlantic 91

Part 3 The Pacific Ocean 163

Part 4 The South China Sea 231

Part 5 The Red Sea to the Mediterranean 271

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  • Posted March 26, 2014

    Just read the book while in a hammock on a cruise. Book was inte

    Just read the book while in a hammock on a cruise. Book was interesting and enjoyable. A light read.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    a British doctor¿s perspective of an around-the-world cruise.  T

    a British doctor’s perspective of an around-the-world cruise.  There were some interesting characters peppered throughout although, being a ‘worldie,’ most of the travelers were old-fashioned British gentry and not the usual passengers we meet on a typical Mediterranean or Caribbean cruise.




    I thought this book was really well written, and the credits at the end confirmed the assistance of a ghost writer, making it easy and entertaining to read, more like a novel than a collection of disjointed events that you often get with people writing about their own experiences.

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