Avoiding the Dire Straits : an inquiry into Food Provisions and Scurvy in Maritime and Military History of China and wider East Asia.

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Full title: Avoiding the Dire Straits : an inquiry into Food Provisions and Scurvy in Maritime and Military History of China and wider East Asia.
Main author: Torck, Mathieu.
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Summary: Scurvy is known to be one of the most gruesome pathological phenomena that, in the course of centuries, has made innumerable victims. Long distance seafaring operations, war zones, prisons and crop failures all created breeding grounds for the vitamin C defi ciency disease, which was commonly characterized by swelling and bleeding gums and internal haemorraghes in the limbs. While the history of scurvy is rather well-known from a Western perspective, the higher proneness to scurvy of Asian peoples in comparison to Europeans, Polynesians and other peoples, as proven in recent biochemical studie.
Language: English
Published: Wiesbaden : Harrassowitz Verlag, 2014.
Classmark: 610.9
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Series: East Asian economic and socio-cultural studies. East Asian maritime history.
ISBN: 9783447191883
3447191880