Food for Thought Lecture Series: Medicine Aboard the Whalers with Dr. Malcolm MacNab

Imagine yourself signing-on as a crew member of a Nantucket whale ship in the 18th or early 19th century.  You will be working not only in a dangerous occupation but living for several years in crowded, unsanitary conditions, without a trained physician, without an understanding of nutrition and disease or the availability of modern drugs. The knowledge of medicine as we know it was non-existent.

Join medical researcher Dr. Malcolm MacNab for a program that explores the scientific and medical knowledge, diseases, and medical care aboard the sailing vessels of the whaling period.

MALCOLM MACNAB; MD, PHD: After visiting Nantucket for over 20 years, Malcolm and his wife Karen moved to Nantucket full-time in in 2006. He received his MD and PhD from Temple University in the mid-70s. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology and is a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacology and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. He has specialized for over 40 years in pharmaceutical research and development in the area of cardiovascular medicine.  He has severed on the Boards of the Maria Mitchell Association and PASCON.  Malcolm is a member of the Nantucket Board of Health and an NHA interpreter.

The Nantucket Historical Association preserves and interprets the history of Nantucket through its programs, collections, and properties, in order to promote the island’s significance and foster an appreciation of it among all audiences.

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