Scott's Forgotten Surgeon

Dr. Reginald Koettlitz, Polar Explorer

By Aubrey A. Jones

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An insight into the vital role played by Dr. Reginald Koettlitz during the heroic period of polar exploration Covers the four main expeditions undertaken by Koettlitz, leading up to the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition Includes previously unseen photographs and correspondence

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'...In this year celebrating the centenary of the conquering of the South Pole - it is more than fitting to have one of the unregarded figures of Antarctic history brought into the limelight of remembrance'. Extract from Introduction by Dr. Ross D.E. MacPhee, American Museum of Natural History As senior surgeon on board Discovery, Dr. Reginald Koettlitz played a vital role in the heroic period of polar exploration when Nansen, Amundsen, Shackleton and Scott dominated the headlines. He was awarded a medal by the Royal Geographical Society for his role in the Discovery Expedition, 1901-04. During the earlier successful three-year Jackson-Harmsworth Expedition to Franz Josef Land, Koettlitz fine-tuned his measures to prevent scurvy, became an experienced ski runner, dog and pony handler and expert in polar survival. These skills were available when Koettlitz was appointed senior surgeon on the Discovery Expedition led by Scott, but due to personal reasons and the inability to acknowledge Koettlitz's polar experience, both Scott's expeditions were beset by major life-threatening issues that Koettlitz had faced and resolved on Franz Josef Land.


On the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition Scott and his four companions died on their failed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. In addition, Koettlitz travelled across north-east Africa from Berbera to Cairo on foot, mule and camel, crossing the Blue Nile to Khartoum shortly after the Battle of Omdurman. Before leaving for South Africa he assisted Shackleton in planning the Nimrod Expedition which almost resulted in the South Pole being reached. This well-researched account is enriched with previously unseen archive material such as correspondence with Nansen and photographs relating to polar history during the period 1890-1916.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Whittles Publishing
Publication Date 14 Nov 2011
SKU 9781849950381-grouped
Number of Pages 224

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' - this is a remarkable book, extremely well researched and wholly enlightening. - This thorough appraisal of a most gifted individual is well worth the price - ' The James Caird Society Newsletter

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