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.
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 Scurvy” Idlewords 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