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Limeys: The Conquest of Scurvy
David I. Harvie (au)
The dramatic history of Dr. James Lindís heroic efforts to find a cure for scurvy in the face of prejudice and political and establishment antipathy. In the 3 centuries up to 1800, scurvy killed at least 2 million British sailors. In 1747 Lind, a Scottish surgeon, became the first to prove the efficacy of citrus juice in combating the disease. Yet he was unable to penetrate the disregard of those in authority, or to persuade them to enforce the universal consumption of fruit. Thousands needlessly died and it was 1795 before the finding was accepted. Even then, the authorities failed humanity by negligent misunderstanding and giving commerce priority. Scurvy returned and only after the First World War were Lindís conclusions fully vindicated. Illustrations.
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