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Scurvy : how a surgeon, a mariner, and a gentleman solved the greatest medical mystery of the age of sail / Stephen R. Bown.

Author:
Bown, Stephen R. [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Griffin, [2005?]
Description:
254 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm.
Summary note:
"From the earliest recorded appearance of the disease in the sixteenth century, to the eighteenth century, where a man had only half a chance of surviving the scourge, to the early nineteenth century, when the British conquered scurvy and successfully blockaded the French and defeated Napoleon, Scurvy is a medical detective story for the ages, the fascinating true story of how James Lind (the surgeon), James Cook (the mariner), and Gilbert Blane (the gentleman) worked separately to eliminate the dreaded affliction."--BOOK JACKET.
Notes:
Originally published: Toronto, Ont. : Thomas Allen, 2003.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-243) and index.
Contents:
Prologue: A Medical Mystery -- 1. The Eighteenth-Century Seafaring World: The Age of Scurvy -- 2. Scurvy: The Plague of the Sea -- 3. Disaster and Victory in the South Seas: Lord Anson's Terrible Voyage -- 4. Found and Lost: The Search for a Cure Begins -- 5. An Ounce of Prevention: James Lind and the Salisbury Experiment -- 6. Unwinding the Knot: Rob and Wort and the Trials at Sea -- 7. Master Mariner: James Cook's Great Voyages in the Pacific -- 8. Man of Influence: Gilbert Blane and the West Indies Fleet -- 9. Blockade: The Defeat of Scurvy and Napoleon -- Epilogue: The Mystery Solved -- App. Vitamin C Contained in Common Foods of the Age of Sail.
Subject(s):
ISBN:
  • 0312313926
  • 9780312313920
OCLC:
61269110
RCP:
C - S