A narrated extract from 'A Doctor's Life' by Rod Storring. The duties of William Iron, a naval surgeon, are described when he served in the navy during the reign of King Henry VIII. We hear in detail the duties of the naval surgeon in the 'School for Surgery' and the way in which he would amputate limbs of wounded sailors. The conclusion explains the style of writing, language used and illustrations.
Could be used as source material for a non-chronological report on medical care during wartime or at sea. Children could use the clip to gather information for a directory of health care or to make an account of the work of a naval surgeon. Could be useful when discussing recount language as a model for recount writing and on connectives. There are clear cross curricular links between literacy and King Henry VIII.