In scurvy the disease of discovery jonathan lamb a professor at vanderbilt university shows that scurvy was a much stranger condition than we imagine with effects on the mind that neuroscience is only now beginning to elucidate the result is a book that renders a familiar subject as exotic and uncanny as the tropical shores that . A nightmare disease haunted ships during age of discovery scurvy killed more people than the american civil war 7 minute read by simon worrall scurvy the disease of discovery. 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. Scurvy being a disease afflicting voyagers in the pacific and leprosy an imported one that devastated indigenous populations they combined to show how vulnerable humans were in the eighteenth century to the effects of imperial expansion whether they were its agents or its victims
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