Cautionary Tales – South Pole Race: When Limeys get scurvy

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Polar exploration is unhealthy… however trudging masses of miles in subzero temperatures isn’t made any more uncomplicated should you’re affected by scurvy. The fatal diet deficiency destroys the frame and can of even the most powerful and maximum decided adventurer – and it sort of feels that scurvy caught down the ill-fated expedition of Captain Scott. 

However scurvy… in 1912? Hadn’t the Royal Military to which Scott belonged famously cracked the issue of scurvy a century ahead of, with a day by day dose of lime juice? How did the ‘Limeys’ apparently unlearn that lesson? 

Cautionary Stories is written by means of me, Tim Harford, with Andrew Wright. It's produced by means of Ryan Dilley, with toughen from Courtney Guarino and Emily Vaughn.

The sound design and unique song is the paintings of Pascal Wyse. Julia Barton edited the scripts.

Due to the crew at Pushkin Industries, together with Mia Lobel, Jacob Weisberg, Heather Fain, Jon Schnaars, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler, Emily Rostek, Royston Beserve, Maggie Taylor, Nicole Morano, Daniella Lakhan and Maya Koenig.

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Additional studying and listening

Stephen Bown The Final Viking

Alfred Bollet Plagues and Poxes

David Crane Scott of the Antarctic

Apsley Cherry-Garrard The Worst Adventure within the Global

Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath

Ranulph Fiennes Captain Scott

Roland Huntford The Final Position on Earth

Edward Larson An Empire of Ice

Diana Preston A First Price Tragedy

Robert Scott The Voyage of the Discovery

Kristin Asdal, Contesting the Animal Fashion: Axel Holst and the Controversy over Scurvy and Beriberi, Social Historical past of Drugs, Quantity 27, Factor 3, August 2014, Pages 577–593, https://doi.org/10.1093/shm/hku007

Butler AR. The position of scurvy in Scott’s go back from the South Pole. J R Coll Physicians Edinb. 2013;43(2):175-81. doi: 10.4997/JRCPE.2013.217. PMID: 23734365

Maciej Cegłowski “Scott and ScurvyIdlewords 6 March 2010

LUND CC, CRANDON JH. HUMAN EXPERIMENTAL SCURVY: AND THE RELATION OF VITAMIN C DEFICIENCY TO POSTOPERATIVE PNEUMONIA AND TO WOUND HEALING. JAMA. 1941;116(8):663–668. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820080003002

Jeremy Hugh Baron “Sailors’ scurvy ahead of and after James Lind – a reassessment” Vitamin Opinions Vol. 67(6):315–332 315 doi:10.1111/j.1753-4887.2009.00205.x

Koettlitz, “The British Antarctic Expedition” British Scientific Magazine 8 Feb 1902

“Captain Roald Amundsen and the Society” The Geographical Magazine Dec 1927 https://www.jstor.org/strong/1782920