Scott and Scurvy

Scurvy was defeated in 1747 when James Lind discovered that citrus fruit prevented it but by the time of Scott’s second Antarctic expedition at the start of the 20th century this discovery was lost – as a result many people on the expedition contracted it.

Maciej Cegłowski explores how well tested science was thrown out to be replaced by a more fashionable theory that resulted in many people contracting a disease unnecessarily.

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