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

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Traces the discovery of the cure for scurvy by three determined individuals including a navy surgeon, a sea captain, and a charismatic gentleman, tracing the recorded history of the disease, along with its research and cure.
Publisher: Toronto :, Thomas Allen,, [2005]
Edition: First paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9780887621789
Branch Call Number: 616.394 BOW
Characteristics: 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 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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