Scurvy a disease often associated with long stretches of maritime travel generated sensations exceeding the standard of what was normal eyes dazzled skin was morbidly sensitive emotions veered between disgust and delight in this book jonathan lamb presents an intellectual history of scurvy unlike any other probing the speechless encounter with powerful sensations to tell the story of . A nightmare disease haunted ships during age of discovery scurvy killed more people than the american civil war 7 minute read by simon worrall scurvy the disease of discovery. Drawing on historical accounts from scientists and voyagers as well as major literary works lamb traces the cultural impact of scurvy during the eighteenth century age of geographical and scientific discovery he explains the medical knowledge surrounding scurvy and the debates about its cause prevention and attempted cures. On scurvy in the early 2000s and signed a contract with a british press spe cializing in history titles but procrastination put it out of reach when i was asked at the end of the decade to sign a contract for a book to be entitled scurvy the disease of discovery it seemed like a happy rejuvenation of an
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