When Dr. Richard Gordon burst out of medical school and into the literary world with his first book, Doctor in the House, he provided one of the few really cheerful events of 1952.
Here is Dr. Gordon’s second book; and it is even funnier than its very funny predecessor. Now fully qualified, but entangled in the National Health Service and an beguiling love affair, the doctor is advised by a psychologist to take a long sea voyage; and so, armed with the dignity of the newly-qualified practitioner and a copy of War and peace for light reading, he signed on as ship’s doctor to the s.s. Lotus, bound for South America. Needless to say, neither his dignity nor War and Peace were of much help on board the Lotus, whose officers and crew were conventional only in comparison with the eccentricities of their skipper, Captain Hogg. Life under Captain Hogg was rarely simple; there was, to begin with, the mystery of what had happened to the last ship’s doctor. There was the unfortunate business of a very peculiar case of appendicitis; there was the bosun who took a rather drastic hand in Dr, Gordon’s efforts to extract one of his teeth; and constantly, recurringly, and alarmingly there was Captain Hogg’s dyspepsia. . . .
But whether on board ship, or on land sampling the dubious delights of the night life of Buenos Aires, Dr. Gordon managed to find plenty of humour in the life of a ship’s doctor, and he retails it for the delight of the reader with an engaging wit and a sharp sense of character.
Hardcover, 219 pages. In good pre-loved condition with the exception of cream coloured pages and age spots. Wear and tear to dustcover.