High C at High Sea

Scottish naval surgeon James Lind (born Oct .4, 1716) conducted many experiments while trying to cure scurvy. Using 12 scurvy victims aboard the Royal Navy’s H.M.S. Salisbury, Lind tried cider, nutmeg, vinegar, an elixir of vitriol, and a compound made from garlic, myrrh, mustard and balsam of Peru. None worked. Then he gave two men two…

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