EPISODE 6: Antarctic Exploration History Part II

This continues our series on polar medicine and picks up where part one left off. Earnest Shackleton makes his third trip to the continent, we meet the Soviet surgeon who took matters into his own hands, learn how polar medicine has changed since the early days, and see what we can carry forward for the future exploration of the poles and beyond.

 

 Map of the routes of the ships Endurance and Aurora, the support team route, and the planned trans-Antarctic route of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914–15.  Red = Voyage of Endurance  Yellow =  Drift of Endurance in pack ice  Green = Sea ice drift after Endurance sinks  Dark  Blue = Voyage of the lifeboat James Caird  Light Blue =  Planned trans-Antarctic route  Orange = Voyage of Aurora to Antarctica  Pink = Retreat of Aurora  Brown = Supply depot route  Text and image from:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shackleton_Endurance_Aurora_map2.png

Map of the routes of the ships Endurance and Aurora, the support team route, and the planned trans-Antarctic route of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition led by Ernest Shackleton in 1914–15.

Red = Voyage of Endurance

Yellow =  Drift of Endurance in pack ice

Green = Sea ice drift after Endurance sinks

Dark  Blue = Voyage of the lifeboat James Caird

Light Blue =  Planned trans-Antarctic route

Orange = Voyage of Aurora to Antarctica

Pink = Retreat of Aurora

Brown = Supply depot route

Text and image from: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Shackleton_Endurance_Aurora_map2.png

 Launching the James Caird from Elephant Island      Image From: http://www.jamescairdsociety.com/

Launching the James Caird from Elephant Island 

 

Image From: http://www.jamescairdsociety.com/

 The James Caird on display at Dulwich College in South London  Image from:  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:James_Caird_bow.jpg

The James Caird on display at Dulwich College in South London

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 Amundsen with his supplies and chosen transport method of dogs near the south pole.  Image from:  https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a7376/why-the-british-were-doomed-to-lose-the-race-to-the-south-pole-6617203/

Amundsen with his supplies and chosen transport method of dogs near the south pole.

Image from: https://www.popularmechanics.com/adventure/outdoors/a7376/why-the-british-were-doomed-to-lose-the-race-to-the-south-pole-6617203/

 Dr. Leonid Rogozov operating himself to remove his appendix in Antarctica, 1961   Image from:  https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/leonid-rogozov-appendix-1961/

Dr. Leonid Rogozov operating himself to remove his appendix in Antarctica, 1961

Image from: https://rarehistoricalphotos.com/leonid-rogozov-appendix-1961/

 The 1997 south pole skydiving team pre jump.  Image from:  http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/90s/skydive.html

The 1997 south pole skydiving team pre jump.

Image from: http://www.southpolestation.com/trivia/90s/skydive.html