Those interested in history will find this a good and informative read.
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.
Stephen Bown has done a great job weaving history and scientific fact together to make a fast-paced, entertaining story.
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 1 month 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 3 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 5 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 7 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 10 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 14 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 20 months ago by A. Bowdoin Van Riper
A very thorough book about the causes of scurvy and its results, Scary to read. Impossible to understand that people still managed to sail the seven seas and to fight sea battles a... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Maria T. Sindram