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A Century of Australian Antarctic Medicine

A winter afternoon in the living hut at Commonwealth Bay.

Left: A winter afternoon in the living hut at Commonwealth Bay. (L–R) Dr Xavier Mertz in charge of Greenland dogs (reading); Archie McLean, Chief Medical Officer and bacteriologist; Cecil Madigan, meterologist; and John Hunter, biologist. © Frank Hurley/Commonwealth of Australia

By Desmond Lugg and Jeff Ayton

Medical care and research in Antarctica has come a long way since the first expeditions took place 100 years ago.

Desmond Lugg was Head of Polar Medicine at the AAD from 1968–2001, and Chief of Medicine of Extreme Environments at NASA from 2001–06. Jeff Ayton has been Chief Medical Officer for the AAD since 2002. Drs Lugg and Ayton are currently writing a book on the centenary of Australian Antarctic medical practice. This article is adapted from an article published in Australian Antarctic Magazine. ©Commonwealth of Australia

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