Story: Primary health care

On-board doctor

Patients wait to see a doctor on board an emigrant ship, in this 1875 sketch. Doctors provided a vital service on ships sailing from the northern hemisphere to New Zealand. The journey was long and for many people often marred by ill health. Some doctors who worked on ships settled in New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Making New Zealand Centennial Collection (PAColl-3060)
Reference: MNZ-0661-1/4-F

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How to cite this page:

Michael Belgrave, 'Primary health care - Early primary health care, mid-19th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/zoomify/31509/on-board-doctor (accessed 8 December 2019)

Story by Michael Belgrave, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 4 Apr 2019