Scurvy is not just a disease that affects
There is an account by the author James Mitchener
in his (fictional) book 'Alaska' of the overland
journey by a group of gold prospectors to the
Yukon in the late 19th century. They are held up
by the winter weather and begin to show signs of
scurvy. If I remember rightly one of the
prospectors is taken in by Canadian Indians who
feed him a soup made from assorted plant roots
which remedies the condition.
There is also an account that I have heard from
two unrelated sources, of a 1st year archaeology
student who prompted by concern over the
environment, his health and financial
difficulties, embarked on a 100% cornflake diet.
When eventually, concerned over blackened gums
and detached fingernails, he sought medical
advice, it was discovered he was suffering from
scurvy. The two relaters of this tale suggest the
Universities of Sheffield and Bradford as the
scene of crime, but I have no way of verifying
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