Resurrecting Dr. Moss

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

This book is a biography of Edward Lawson Moss MD, A Royal Navy Surgeon on the last great British north polar expedition of the nineteenth century. Compiled by Paul Appleton from Moss' own letters this book chronicles his travels in the Caribbean, the Arctic, and on Canada's Pacific coast (he created one of the first medical establishments on the coast at Esquimalt). He died at the young age of 38 when the HMS Atalanta was lost on the way to Bermuda in 1880.

A fascinating look at a very interesting man, he could have been a model for Patrick Obrien's iconic doctor Steven Maturin.

This book is published by the University of Calgary as part of their Northern Lights series. It includes lots of maps and photographs as well as 15 watercolour plates by Dr. Moss himself.

Highly recommended.

Resurrecting Dr. Moss
The life and letters of a Royal Navy Surgeon,
Edward Lawton Moss MD, RN, 1843-1880

Paul C. Appleton

University of Calgary Press



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