By Stephen R. Bown
Scurvy took a bad toll within the Age of Sail, killing extra sailors than have been misplaced in all sea battles mixed. the specter of the affliction saved ships with reference to domestic and doomed these vessels that ventured too faraway from port. The willful lack of understanding of the royal clinical elite, who recommended ludicrous scientific theories in keeping with speculative study whereas ignoring the life-saving homes of citrus fruit, price tens of hundreds of thousands of lives and adjusted the process many battles at sea. The medication for scurvy ranks one of the maximum of human accomplishments, but its impression on background has, beforehand, been principally neglected.
From the earliest recorded visual appeal of the affliction within the 16th century, to the eighteenth century, the place a guy had merely part an opportunity of surviving the scourge, to the early 19th century, while the British conquered scurvy and effectively blockaded the French and defeated Napoleon, Scurvy is a scientific detective tale for the a while, the interesting precise tale of ways James Lind (the surgeon), James prepare dinner (the mariner), and Gilbert Blane (the gentleman) labored individually to put off the scary illness.
Scurvy is an evocative trip again to the period of wood ships and sails, while the affliction infiltrated each element of seafaring lifestyles: press gangs "recruit" mariners at the method domestic from a overdue evening on the pub; a poor voyage looking for riches ends with a hobbled fleet and part the group heaved overboard; prepare dinner majestically travels the South Seas yet suffers an unbelievable destiny. Brimming with stories of ships, sailors, and baffling paperwork, Scurvy is a unprecedented mixture of compelling background and vintage experience story.