Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentlemen Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail
March 10, 2014•19 min
Hosted by: John J. Russell
From the 15th to the mid-19th centuries, scurvy caused more deaths at sea than storms, shipwrecks, combat and all other diseases combined, according to author Stephen Bown. In this remarkable discussion, Bown talks about the harrowing path toward the cure for scurvy. While ranking among the greatest of human accomplishments, its impact on history has, until now, been largely ignored.