Poxed and Scurvied

    Poxed and Scurvied

    The Story of Sickness and Health at Sea

    Kevin Brown

    Seaforth 2011

    Hardback 256pp

    9781848320635   Product Code: 97869

    As sailors began to explore the world in the 15th century, using new designs of sailing ship which enabled long transatlantic voyages, the difficulties of keeping healthy aboard ship became acute. Brown discusses the Royal Navy's efforts to deal with the problem, which led the way in the improvement of diet, hygiene and shipboard medical provision. He also shows how concern for the fitness of seamen brought about public health measures aganst drunkenness and the pox.

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