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Scurvy: The Disease of Discovery

By Jonathan Lamb

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Of all the strange circumstances that surround the composition of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, one above all is worth keeping in mind. It was finished in 1798, six months before Coleridge ever went to sea in a ship, ‘and then only to sail from Yarmouth to Cuxhaven’.

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