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  • Competing interests: I have worked for or consulted for Semester at Sea/Institute for Shipboard Education, World Explorer Cruises, Cruise West, and Lindblad Expeditions. I have presented at Wilderness Medical Society and SAILS conferences on the subject of Maritime Health.

    Is maritime health care a simple transfer of our normal primary care and emergency room practices to a ship? Or is there something unique about providing health care at sea, separate from the obvious opportunity it presents for travel?