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SCURVY How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Mystery of the Age of Sail

by | Read by Dan Cashman

History • 9 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2004

During the eighteenth century, medicine had advanced little from the Dark Ages; there were few cures for anything. Bown's fascinating biography of that maritime age tells of two doctors and Captain James Cook--all sailing against prevailing winds--and how their contributions led to a cure for a common mariners--disease of the time, scurvy. The name of the preventive and remedy --ascorbic acid--comes from the outdated word "antiscorbutic." With the voice of a storyteller, Dan Cashman tells of the unsanitary conditions of life at sea; details such as weevils in sailors' biscuits and corpses stored in French ships' bilges abound. To humorous advantage, Cashman uses the same foreign accent for all languages, including his Napoleonic quotes. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: JUN/ JUL 04]



Trade Ed. • New Millennium Audio • 2004

CS ISBN 1590075552 $29.95 • Six cassettes

CD ISBN 1590075560 $45.00 • Eight CDs

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