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History of Scurvy and Vitamin C

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ISBN-10: 0521347734

ISBN-13: 9780521347730

Edition: N/A

Authors: Kenneth J. Carpenter

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The first modern survey of the long and fascinating history of the various ideas and theories about the cause of scurvy, the nutritional deficiency disease that has caused (with the exception of famine) the most human suffering in recorded history. Professor Carpenter documents the arguments that led to the numerous theories about the disease and eventually to the isolation and synthesis of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), and illustrates how the changing ideas about scurvy reflected the scientific and medical beliefs of different periods in history. The author also examines the modern claims for the use of very high levels of vitamin C to bring about a state of super-health, and he analyses the…    
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Book details

List price: $47.99
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/29/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
The explorers' sickness (1498+1700)
The writings of learned men (1540+1700)
Scurvy in the British Navy (1700+1772)
Captain Cook and pneumatic chemistry (1770+1815)
Land scurvy, potatoes, and potassium (1810+1905)
Problems in the Arctic and the ptomaine theory (1850+1915)
Infantile scurvy: the new disease of affluence (1877+1917)
Guinea pigs and the discovery of vitamin C (1905+1935)
Needs and uses for vitamin C (1935+1985)
Retrospect
References
Index