Who now about scurvy?
scurvy is a disease that is caused by lack of vitamin C
Voyages are normally shorter now, so there's less chance of developing scurvy - which we now understand is caused by a lack of vitamin C. In the past, maritime travellers rarely had access to fruit, fresh vegetables, or fresh meat. Without these, they had no way to get vitamin C and so would come down with scurvy.
There is not a "cure" for scurvy as such. It is more that people know how to prevent it. It was James Cook who, on his voyages, tried the radical move of ensuring his crew ate sauerkraut (pickled cabbage) and drank lime juice to ward off scurcy. Cook was aware that vitamins were lacking in people with scurvy, and he had been led to believe it was vitamins found in certain vegetables. We now know…
Scurvy. Lack of vitamin C can also result in frequent nose bleeds. Scurvy is the main one. It's not very common now, but it was a big problem back when sailors would be off at sea for months with no access to fresh fruits or vegetables. Lack of vitamin C leads to scurvy. (That's why British sailors ate limes, and were called "Limeys".)
Scurvy does not occur in most animals because they can synthesize their ... Scurvy or subclinical scurvy is caused by the lack of vitamin C. In modern Western societies, scurvy is rarely present in adults, although infants and elderly people are ... meat from animals which make their own vitamin C (which most animals do)