How A Surgeon, A Mariner, and A Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail

Book - 2003
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Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. Finding the cure for the dreaded disease ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, yet its impact on history has been largely ignored.

Now, in this best-selling book, Stephen R. Bown shines a light on how the mystery was solved in a spellbinding tale of ships, sailors, and the age of exploration.

Publisher: Toronto: T. Allen, c2003
ISBN: 9780887621307
Branch Call Number: 616.394009 Bow 3558
Characteristics: 254 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Mar 30, 2013

One could hardly think a book on scurvy would be interesting, but you would be wrong. Stephen Bown writes a fascinating tale of British thickheadedness, serendipity and transformation. The conquering of scurvy transformed the age of exploration. Would Cook's ships have made it home without this cure?Could this have been the reason Nelson beat Napoleon? You'll just have to read this book and find out.

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