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Author Lamb, Jonathan, 1945-

Title Scurvy
Published Princeton University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; List of Illustrations ; Acknowledgments ; Abbreviations ; PROLEGOMENA ; 1. ENIGMA ; 2. EFFLUVIA ; 3. NOSTALGIA ; 4. AUSTRALIA ; 5. GENERA MIXTA ; CODA ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary "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. In this book, Jonathan Lamb presents an intellectual history of scurvy unlike any other, probing the speechless encounter with powerful sensations 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. Drawing on historical accounts from scientists and voyagers as well as major literary works, Lamb traces the cultural impact of scurvy during the eighteenth-century age of geographical and scientific discovery. He explains the medical knowledge surrounding scurvy and the debates about its cause, prevention, and attempted cures. He vividly describes the phenomenon and experience of "scorbutic nostalgia," in which victims imagined mirages of food, water, or home, and then wept when such pleasures proved impossible to consume or reach. Lamb argues that a culture of scurvy arose in the colony of Australia, which was prey to the disease in its early years, and identifies a literature of scurvy in the works of such figures as Herman Melville, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Francis Bacon, and Jonathan Swift." --Publisher description
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Subject Scurvy -- History
Scurvy -- history
Scurvy -- complications
Expeditions -- history
History, Modern 1601-
History, Early Modern 1451-1600
HEALTH & FITNESS -- Diseases -- General.
MEDICAL -- Clinical Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Diseases.
MEDICAL -- Evidence-Based Medicine.
MEDICAL -- Internal Medicine.
MEDICAL -- History.
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1400884543