Scurvy

Scurvy

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

Book - 2004
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Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780312313913
0312313918
Branch Call Number: 616.394 Bow
Characteristics: 254 p. : ill., maps

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LadyManx
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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