How the cure for scurvy was discovered, lost, found, and lost again

MEDICAL HISTORY


The cure for scurvy has been discovered, lost, found again and forgotten ad nauseam throughout history.

Despite learning, although not completely understanding, the benefits of citrus fruit in combating the sailors’ scourge in 1747, humanity seemed to be suffering from some sort of ‘scurvy-cure amnesia’ for centuries.

Perhaps it was all that salty sea air, but by the turn of the 20th century, explorers were once again oblivious to the simple remedy of lemons and other fresh fruit.

During a voyage to the North Pole, where the ship became

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