Your Offshore Doctor: A Manual of Medical Self-Sufficiency at Sea

Your Offshore Doctor: A Manual of Medical Self-Sufficiency at Sea


Aboard a sailboat or power vessel at sea, professional medical care is often unavailable. A crew member must act as the ship’s physician and this manual describes in a step-by-step format how to evaluate an illness or injury and proceed with appropriate treatment. A variety of situations is discussed, including first aid, CPR, burns, fish poisoning, chest and abdominal pain and extremity trauma. A chapter on Procedures illustrates various medical techniques. This updated, third edition of Your Offshore Doctor also has sections about mosquito-borne illnesses such as malaria, chikungunya, and dengue, as well as a discussion about how to stay healthy and maintain fitness. Popular in previous editions, there is an updated, revised list of the contents of a comprehensive medical kit as well as an explanation of adult dosages of common medications. Dr. Beilan is a knowledgeable cruiser who in 2017 completed a 10 year circumnavigation aboard his 43′ sailing vessel and has years of experience both afloat and as an Emergency and Primary Care Physician.



Dr. Michael H. Beilan has practiced Emergency Medicine, is Board Certified in Family Practice as well as Quality Assurance and Utilization Review, and has been a sailor for over 40 years. He’s built and restored 4 boats from 35’-73’ and holds an active USCG Merchant Mariner Credential 100 Ton Master’s License. He has also taught seminars addressing the essentials of preparing for and responding to medical emergencies at sea, and is the author of Your Offshore Doctor – A Manual of Medical Self-Sufficiency at Sea (first edition published 1985, second edition published 1996). He and his wife, Susan, recently completed a 10 year circumnavigation (2007-2017) aboard their 43’ Westsail cutter, INFINI, traveling over 41,700 nautical miles and visiting 50 countries and islands. They crossed the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans, frequently off the “beaten path,” and have crossed the equator 6 times. They are long-time members of the Seven Seas Cruising Association and Ocean Cruising Club and presently reside in Florida. Their cruising website may be found at http://www.svinfini.blogspot.com.

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