We're unable to sign you in at this time. Please try again in a few minutes.
We were able to sign you in, but your subscription(s) could not be found. Please try again in a few minutes.
There may be a problem with your account. Please contact the AMA Service Center to resolve this issue.
Contact the AMA Service Center:
Telephone: 1 (800) 262-2350 or 1 (312) 670-7827  *   Email: subscriptions@jamanetwork.com
Error Message ......
Art and Images in Psychiatry |

Raft of the Medusa

James C. Harris, MD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2006;63(6):602-603. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.63.6.602.
Text Size: A A A
Published online


ThÉodore GÉricault (1791-1824) read the tragic tale Narrative of a Voyage to Senegal in 1816, an account of the extraordinary suffering experienced by J. B. Henry Savigny and Alexandre Corréard and other shipwrecked survivors after abandonment on a raft following the shipwreck of the frigate Medusa. He met with the authors in November 1817 to discuss their ordeal.2 Corréard's and Savigny's account drew universal outrage. Only 15 of 150 of those abandoned on the raft had survived 13 days on the open sea off the coast of Africa until their rescue by the crew of the brig Argus; 5 more died shortly after being rescued. Intrigued by their story, Géricault visited other survivors who had been transferred to hospitals in Paris, France. Corréard, the chief engineer and geographer, and Savigny, the second surgeon, had expected recognition and reward from their government. When it was not forthcoming, they published their story of abandonment by an incompetent captain, a royalist political appointee, Hugues Duroys de Chaumereys (1763-1841), who had little previous navigational experience. Their book described the drastic means they had taken to survive on the raft to a confused public, who was coping with the restoration of the monarchy after Napoleon's final defeat. Following the publication of their book, funds were raised through a subscription on behalf of the survivors that attracted prominent donors, including General Lafayette and the psychiatrist J. E. D. Esquirol.

Figures in this Article


Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

First Page Preview

View Large
First page PDF preview


Place holder to copy figure label and caption

Cover: Théodore Géricault (1791-1824), French. Raft of the Medusa, 1819. Oil on canvas, 491 × 716 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France, Giraudon/Bridgeman Art Library.

Graphic Jump Location




Also Meets CME requirements for:
Browse CME for all U.S. States
Accreditation Information
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
Note: You must get at least of the answers correct to pass this quiz.
Please click the checkbox indicating that you have read the full article in order to submit your answers.
Your answers have been saved for later.
You have not filled in all the answers to complete this quiz
The following questions were not answered:
Sorry, you have unsuccessfully completed this CME quiz with a score of
The following questions were not answered correctly:
Commitment to Change (optional):
Indicate what change(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.
Your quiz results:
The filled radio buttons indicate your responses. The preferred responses are highlighted
For CME Course: A Proposed Model for Initial Assessment and Management of Acute Heart Failure Syndromes
Indicate what changes(s) you will implement in your practice, if any, based on this CME course.


Some tools below are only available to our subscribers or users with an online account.

1 Citations

Sign in

Purchase Options

• Buy this article
• Subscribe to the journal
• Rent this article ?

Related Content

Customize your page view by dragging & repositioning the boxes below.

Related Collections