Amongst naval men Barmouth was famous for one thing, its scurvy grass, an ant scorbutic
herb, found in abundance along the banks of the River Mawddach and prized highly for its curative and protective powers.
(12) Here it merged with related or concomitant ailments of seafaring, notably calenture, or tropical fever, and scurvy, to form "scorbutic
nostalgia"--an example of Cullen's nostalgia complex--blending its own iconography with the lore and imagery that had become affixed to these sailors' complaints.
Beecham Pills promised to 'cure constipation, headache, dizziness or swimming in the head, wind, pain, and spasms of the stomach, pains in the back, restlessness, insomnia, indigestion, want of appetite, fullness after meals, vomiting, sickness of the stomach, bilious or liver complaints, sick headaches, cold chills, flushing of heat, lowliness of spirits, and all nervous affections, scurvy and scorbutic
affections, pimples and blotches on the skin, bad legs, ulcers, wounds, maladies of indiscretion, kidney and urinary disorders, and menstrual derangements'5, then they were trusted to do just that, and more.
Woodward, Outlines of Camp Diseases, 28-29, 57-59, argued that three "wide-spread and powerful influences" were present in almost all febrile diseases, and in the "great majority of cases all three of them are variously combined." These influences were: "malaria" (derived primarily from the miasmas produced by "vegetable decomposition"); "crowd poisoning" (encompassing overcrowding and want of ventilation and cleanliness); and "scorbutic
taint." Left untreated, a "scorbutic
taint" led to scurvy.
By the mid-19th century, nomenclature for these and related conditions had become confused, including terms such as rheumalgia, rheumatic gout, and scorbutic
The number and percent of total subjects in each category were as follows: < 0.2 mg/dl (scorbutic
range) = zero subjects (0%), 0.2-0.39 mg/dl (marginal range)) = 5 subjects (1%), 0.4-0.99 mg/dl (normal range) = 348 subjects (68%) and 1.0-3.0 mg/dl (saturated range) = 158 subjects (31%).
Lockwood today then might not be able to offer treatments for `glandular, rheumatic, gouty, dyspeptic, scorbutic
and all other kinds of cutaneous complaints'.
TO THE GENTLEMEN THIS LOTION is an EFFECTUAL, REMEDY for all SCORBUTIC
and HERPETIC eruptions of the FACE and SKIN, from the most trivial to the most DISFIGURING and INVETERATE; from the smallest PIMPLE or TETTER to the most universally SPREADING Eruptions or Ulcerations.