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Angus Calder descirbes the attempts in the eighteenth century to overcome the problem of scurvy on long sea voyages. The value of citrus fruit was first established by James Lind, an Edinburgh doct...or, but his findings were not fully understood until the nineteenth century. Meanwhile James Cook virtually eradicated scurvy on his voyages by a more general regime of fresh fruits and vegetables, when available. The programme contrasts this progress with the so-called "cures" previously used, but emphasises that there was no understanding of the cancer of scurvy during this period.
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Module code and title: A204, The Enlightenment
Item code: A204; 29; 1987
First transmission date: 08-06-1987
Published: 1987
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Duration: 00:18:27
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Producer: Robert Philip
Contributors: Angus Calder; Bill Paterson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Captain Cook; James Lind; Lemon juice; Sea voyages
Master spool number: TMK717L87YA0114
Production number: TMK717L87YA0114
Available to public: no