Surgeons Required

This advertisement is calling for surgeons and surgeon mates to apply for positions on ships to Africa. Surgeons were in particular demand in order to try and mitigate the atrocious death rates on board the slavers and so increase the profit for the investors. However, it was difficult to entice well trained surgeons and doctors to apply for these positions due to the danger and the terrible conditions on board ship. Consequently, ill informed and/or badly trained surgeons would provide the necessary services if any medical staff could be found at all.



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