The Resource Scurvy : the disease of discovery, Jonathan Lamb ; with a coda written by James May and Fiona Harrison

Scurvy : the disease of discovery, Jonathan Lamb ; with a coda written by James May and Fiona Harrison

Label
Scurvy : the disease of discovery
Title
Scurvy
Title remainder
the disease of discovery
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Lamb ; with a coda written by James May and Fiona Harrison
Creator
Contributor
Author
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Scurvy, a disease often associated with long stretches of maritime travel, generated sensations exceeding the standard of what was normal. Eyes dazzled, skin was morbidly sensitive, emotions veered between disgust and delight. In this book, Jonathan Lamb presents an intellectual history of scurvy unlike any other, probing the speechless encounter with powerful sensations to tell the story of the disease that its victims couldn't because they found their illness too terrible and, in some cases, too exciting. Drawing on historical accounts from scientists and voyagers as well as major literary works, Lamb traces the cultural impact of scurvy during the eighteenth-century age of geographical and scientific discovery. He explains the medical knowledge surrounding scurvy and the debates about its cause, prevention, and attempted cures. He vividly describes the phenomenon and experience of "scorbutic nostalgia," in which victims imagined mirages of food, water, or home, and then wept when such pleasures proved impossible to consume or reach. Lamb argues that a culture of scurvy arose in the colony of Australia, which was prey to the disease in its early years, and identifies a literature of scurvy in the works of such figures as Herman Melville, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Francis Bacon, and Jonathan Swift." --Publisher description
Cataloging source
PUL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lamb, Jonathan
Dewey number
616.3/94
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
  • RC627.S36
  • RC627.S36
LC item number
L36 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2017 C-241
  • WD 140
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1947-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • May, James M.
  • Harrison, Fiona
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Scurvy
  • Scurvy
  • Scurvy
  • Expeditions
  • Scurvy
  • Confusion
  • History, Modern 1601-
Label
Scurvy : the disease of discovery, Jonathan Lamb ; with a coda written by James May and Fiona Harrison
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prolegomena -- Enigma -- Effluvia -- Nostalgia -- Australia -- Genera mixta -- Coda
Control code
ocn942840860
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691147826
Lccn
2016010625
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)942840860
Label
Scurvy : the disease of discovery, Jonathan Lamb ; with a coda written by James May and Fiona Harrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prolegomena -- Enigma -- Effluvia -- Nostalgia -- Australia -- Genera mixta -- Coda
Control code
ocn942840860
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xii, 305 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780691147826
Lccn
2016010625
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)942840860

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