Reviewed by CAPT RMSG John Knight (Retired)
The subtitle of the book is “The Royal Australian Navy Health Services, 1915 to 2002.”
The dedication is to the memory of all Medical and Dental Officers and Sick Berth Staff who were killed in action or died on active service in World War Two. John Jeppesen was well known to the Medical officers of the Port Melbourne Division of the RANR when was working in Navy Office in Melbourne in the late 1960s and ea rly 1970s. This book was written wit h the encouragement of the late Surgeon Rear Admiral S. J.Lloyd, usually referred to as “Noisy”. Both men had an interest in the history of the RAN and Jepp produced a n anthology of memoirs and old and newer “instructions” covering 1 915 to 2002. Most of the book is devoted to war experiences of sick berth staff at sea and afloat with an occasional medical officer ‘s repo11. It is now over thirty years since the sick bay man took on his, and now her, new name. Constant Care is a book to dip into and see the differences between the past and the present. In both times the patient came first. For all Health Professionals associated with the RAN and RANR this book should be on their reading list. There will be something that they knew nothing about.