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The Age of Scurvy

How a Surgeon, a Mariner and a Gentleman Helped Britain Win the Battle of Trafalgar

The Age of Scurvy by Stephen R. Bown
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During the Age of Sail, Scurvy was responsible for more deaths at sea than war, piracy, storms and shipwreck combined. For centuries the scourge of the seas was treated with ineffective remedies like oil of vitriol, bloodletting, seawater and wort of malt, and countless mariners suffered an agonising death. It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that citrus fruits became a mandatory part of the British navy’s diet, turning its fortunes around.

This is the compelling account of how three men solved the greatest mystery of the seafaring age, and so played a key role in Britain’s successful blockade of the French and defeat of Napoleon. Although the cure for Scurvy ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, its impact on history has been largely ignored. Set during the era of wooden ships and press gangs,Captain Cook’s voyages and the Battle of Trafalgar, The Age of Scurvy is both an important book and a classic adventure story.

Summersdale Publishers Ltd.; Read online
Title: The Age of Scurvy
Author: Stephen R. Bown
 

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