Scurvy in the British Mercantile Marine in the 19th century, and the contribution of the Seamen’s Hospital Society

  title={Scurvy in the British Mercantile Marine in the 19th century, and the contribution of the Seamen’s Hospital Society},
  author={Gordon C. Cook},
  journal={Postgraduate Medical Journal},
  pages={224 - 229}
  • G. Cook
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • History
  • Postgraduate Medical Journal
When long voyages in sailing vessels were commonplace, scurvy was a major health hazard in mariners of all nations. The observations of James Lind (1716–94) and others indicated that citrus fruits had both a preventive and curative role in this disease. In the light of this work, by 1800 the disease had been virtually eliminated from Britain’s Royal Navy. However, it continued in the merchant navies of all nations until the latter half of the 19th century. In 1867, the Merchant Shipping… 

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