Scurvy: How a Surgeon, a Mariner, and a Gentleman Solved the Greatest Medical Miracle of the Age of Sail (Hardcover)
Scurvy took a terrible toll in the Age of Sail, killing more sailors than were lost in all sea battles combined. Finding the cure for the dreaded disease ranks among the greatest of human accomplishments, yet its impact on history has been largely ignored.
Now, in this best-selling book, Stephen R. Bown shines a light on how the mystery was solved in a spellbinding tale of ships, sailors, and the age of exploration.
About the Author
Stephen R. Bown was born in Ottawa and studied history at the University of Alberta. He has long been interested in early travelers and explorers. In the summer of 2001 he hiked for seven days to retrace the famous Scottish botanist David Douglas' route over the feared Athabasca Pass. A former multimedia projects producer and freelance writer, Bown contributes to several magazines, including Alaska, Mercator's World, Beautiful British Columbia, and The Beaver. Bown lives outside Calgary, Alberta with his wife and son.