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The word scurvy may make you think of pirates and sailors on long sea voyages, but "land scurvy" affected many European Crusaders who spent months trudging through the Middle East. In 1747, Scottish physician James Lind found that oranges and lemons could cure scurvy, but that didn't help all ...
The third section gives a brief timeline of scurvy throughout human history. The fourth section discusses the conditions during the age of sail that combined to make scurvy the greatest killer of sailors. The final section follows the scientific drive to find a cure and eventual elimination of scurvy during the age of sail.
And yet no matter how many times the connection between scurvy and produce was demonstrated, people kept forgetting it; cures for scurvy continued to be lost and found and lost again. Scurvy appeared among members of the Arctic explorations of the 1820s and miners during the 1848–1850 American Gold Rush.
Scurvy is a disease resulting from a lack of vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Early symptoms of deficiency include weakness, feeling tired, and sore arms and legs. Without treatment, decreased red blood cells, gum disease, changes to hair, and bleeding from the skin may occur.
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A Treatise on Scurvy identified the symptoms of scurvy and the fact that the disease became common in sailors after as little as a month at sea.3,4 Lind noticed that while on long ocean voyages, sailors would become sick from scurvy, a disease marked by spongy and bleeding gums, bleeding under the skin, and extreme weak-ness.
The idea of a northwest sea route from Europe to East Asia dates back at least to the second century A.D. and the world maps of Greco-Roman geographer Ptolemy. ... Faced with scurvy among his men ...
Captain James Cook is widely renowned as an explorer, pioneering navigator and preventer of scurvy. Glyn Williams investigates the standards he set in maritime exploration. The three major voyages ...
The Andersonville National Historic Site, located near Andersonville, Georgia, preserves the former Camp Sumter (also known as Andersonville Prison), a Confederate prisoner-of-war camp during the final fourteen months of the American Civil War.