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This is a wonderful book for those interested in maritime history, medical discovery and serendipity of circumstance.
An interesting insite into life aboard sailing ships and the conditions endured by sailors and ignored by the admiralty in the age of sailing vessels.
Brown does a fantastic job of outlining the history of scurvy and the quest for a cure in a very interesting and readable fashion.
This is one of those books that I read several years ago and realized I needed to read it again. I went out of my way to track it down and purchase it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Angela C.
This started out really interesting and I learned a lot about scurvy and the British Navy of the era, both of which were brutal and hard to survive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
It was a bit confusing. I so wanted it to have a story line. Nope. Not fiction. But the concept was phenomenal! Read morePublished 5 months ago by adventure Bill
I love history of medicine. Like the belief in Galan' s "four body humors", believed for over 2000 years, because as in the Bible, the oldest knowledge is considered the best. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
A fascinating story of the generally disregarded reality of The Age of Sail. I'm now more mindnful of my own nutrition.Published 8 months ago by G. Garcia
Bown does a solid job of discussing the problem of scurvy during the Age of Sail and of addressing the challenges and obstacles ship's surgeons and physicians had in combating it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by doc peterson
I thought the book was an excellent walk thru an insidious disease which ran rampant for the better part of 300 yrs. Read morePublished 15 months ago by vincent c. mccarthy
Scurvy the story of how dozens of smart, highly motivated people tried, for hundreds of years, to solve a medical mystery. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A. Bowdoin Van Riper