Medical memorials in Antarctica: a gazetteer of medical place-names

Sullivan, Peter and Pearn, John (2012) Medical memorials in Antarctica: a gazetteer of medical place-names. Journal of Medical Biography, 20 4: 173-181. doi:10.1258/jmb.2012.012060

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Author Sullivan, Peter
Pearn, John
Title Medical memorials in Antarctica: a gazetteer of medical place-names
Journal name Journal of Medical Biography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0967-7720
Publication date 2012-11
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1258/jmb.2012.012060
Volume 20
Issue 4
Start page 173
End page 181
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In Antarctica an astonishing more than 300 ‘medical’ place-names record the lives of surgeons and physicians who have served as leaders, clinicians and scientists in the field of polar medicine and other doctors memorialized for their service to medicine. These enduring medical memorials are to be found in the names of glaciers, mountains, capes and islands of the vast frozen Southern Continent. This Antarctic Medical Gazetteer features, inter alii, doctor-expedition leaders, including Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1867–1936) of France and Desmond Lugg (b. 1938) of Australia. The Medical Gazetteer lists 43 geographical features on Brabant Island that were named after famous doctors. This Gazetteer also includes a collection of medical place-names on the Loubet Coast honouring Dr John Cardell (1896–1966) and nine other pioneers who worked on the prevention of snow blindness and four islands of the Lyall Islands Group, including Surgeon Island, named after United States Antarctic Medical Officers. Eleven geographic features (mountains, islands, nunataks, lakes and more) are named after Australian doctors who have served with the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions based at Davis Station. Biographic memorials in Antarctica comprise a collective witness of esteem, honouring in particular those doctors who have served in Antarctica where death and injury remains a constant threat.
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