Peter Moore

Marooned with a View

Crusoe’s Island: A Rich and Curious History of Pirates, Castaways and Madness

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In his Essay on the Sea-Scurvy of 1753, Anthony Addington mapped out the horrific symptoms of the disease: ‘a low unequal Pulse … a pale-brown or livid Complexion, a Weakness and Swelling or sometimes Wasting of the Legs, a Difficulty in walking, acute transient Pains, frequent Bleedings at the Nose, stinking Breath, putrid Gums, loose Teeth, ill-condition’d Ulcers, and rotten Bones’.

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