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Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

Jonathan Lamb


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. This book presents an intellectual history of scurvy to tell the story of the disease that its victims couldn't because they found their illness too terrible and, in some cases, too exciting. The book traces the cultural impact of scurvy during the eighteenth-century age of geographical and scientific discovery. It explains the medical knowledge surrounding scurvy and th ... More

Keywords: scurvy, disease, eighteenth century, medical knowledge, scorbutic nostalgia, Herman Melville, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Francis Bacon, Jonathan Swift

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691182933
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691182933.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Lamb, author
Vanderbilt University

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