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Proactive Medical Care for the Merchant Marine

By A.J. Pessa 2017-10-10 20:06:10

The first time I shipped out, an old able-bodied seaman showed me that WD40 could be used to treat joint pain. We were working hard on the deck of a platform supply vessel that day and had stopped to take a break. “It works,” said this AB, defending himself against my astonishment and massaging the chemical into his knees. I remember other shipboard remedies too, like Lysol for athlete’s foot and Nyquil for sleeping. I am sure that experienced mariners...

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Proactive Care

Proactive Care

By A.J. Pessa 2017-09-17 03:28:58

When asked to write an article on medical care my mind quickly went to a memory of my first commercial hitch. An old able-bodied seaman demonstrated to me that WD-40 could be used to treat joint pain. We were working hard on the deck of a platform supply vessel and had stopped to take a break. “It works,” he said, defending himself against my youthful astonishment as he sprayed the chemical and massaged it into his knees. There were other...

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