By Laurence Brockliss, John Cardwell, Michael Moss
Within the lead-up to the bicentenary of Trafalgar a couple of very important new reports were released in regards to the lifetime of Nelson and his defeat of the mixed Fleet in 1805. regardless of the numerous function performed via the future health and health of the British crews in securing the victory, little has been written hitherto in regards to the naval health care provider within the period of the lengthy conflict opposed to France. This publication is meant to fill the distance. Sir William Beatty (1773-1842) was once physician of the Victory at Trafalgar. An Ulsterman from Londonderry, he had joined the army in 1791. sooner than being warranted to Nelson's flagship, Beatty had served upon ten different warships, and survived a yellow fever epidemic, court docket martial, and shipwreck to proportion within the trap of a Spanish treasure send. After Trafalgar, he grew to become surgeon of the Channel Fleet, established at Plymouth, and at last general practitioner to Greenwich clinic, the place he served till his retirement in 1838. because the publication makes transparent in drawing upon an in depth prosopographical database, Beatty's profession until eventually 1805 was once consultant of the adventure of the nearly 2,000 naval surgeons who joined the army throughout the warfare. the 1st a part of the biography presents an in depth and scholarly creation to the pro schooling, education, and paintings of the naval healthcare professional. yet after 1805 Beatty turned a member of the carrier elite, and his profession turns into fascinating for different purposes. within the ultimate a long time of his lifestyles, Beatty was once excess of a senior naval health care professional. As a Fellow of the Royal Society, director of the Clerical and medical health insurance corporation, and director of the London to Greenwich Railway, he was once a widespread determine in London's enterprise and clinical neighborhood, who used his starting to be wealth to construct a wide number of books and manuscripts. His later existence is testimony to the a lot wider contribution that a few naval and armed forces clinical officials made to the advance of the recent Britain of the 19th century. In Beatty's case, too, the contribution used to be unique. by way of publishing in 1807 his rigorously crafted Authentic Narrative of the loss of life of Lord Nelson, he used to be instrumental in forging the parable of the hero's final hours, which has develop into part of the nationwide realization and has helped to outline for generations the concept that of Britishness.