Scurvy, Dotson, Ebert Ebbers discussed on This Podcast Will Kill You
Okay. I should warn you right now, though, because I mentioned the word pirates doesn't mean that I talk a lot about pirates because I talk about sailors, and in that I include pirates, so they're just kind of lumped in with all those other ones. That's fine. Also pirates didn't really keep the best records as far as I know. I'm shocked. They just have maps right with Dotson X's. That's all they did. Yeah. Exactly x marks the spot where you'll get scurvy. Okay. But when I started my research right off the bat, I read a line that gave me an idea of just how rich and important scurvy role in history was ready. Yeah. Quote, if we exclude straightforward famine scurvy is probably the nutritional deficiency disease that has caused the most suffering in recorded history. Yeah. That was a little surprising to me. I mean, I knew scurvy must've been important, but I didn't have any idea of the scope and the scale of the history of this disease. So let me tell you tell me what start at the beginning. Scurvy is mentioned in several early texts starting as early as fifteen hundred BC in ancient Egypt. We're finally back in gentle love it in. The Ebert Ebbers. Papyrus add on how you pronounce it. The medical papyrus. It has also been found in writings from ancient India, Greece, Rome, China, etc. Dating back thousands of years for the most part. These ancient texts focus on the clinical description of scurvy and recommendations for treatment rather than identifying risk factors or any sort of pattern in disease incidence interesting, but it's pretty much certainty that the disease existed during this time due to seasonal scarcity crop failure or during times of crisis like prolonged sieges during warfare. So it's interesting that there doesn't seem to be a consistent history of the burden of scurvy throughout these early years. There could be several reasons for this, for instance, if you were in the middle of a prolonged siege with little food, you probably had multiple nutritional deficiencies and scurvy could have had different appearances depending on the exact. Conditions of your setting. But what I find really interesting about scurvy in these texts is not the apparent gap in its history, but that effective treatment for the disease was discovered. Lost rediscovered debunked rediscovered ignored rediscovered etcetera. Oh,.