Interesting reading

Two long pieces: the story of how the knowledge of how to prevent scurvy was lost in the 19th century and then regained in the 20th (via snarkout at Unfogged); a very long but fascinating discussion (read all 9 parts!) of how Mormonism changed from a wild polygamist sect to a boring, vaguely Protestant corporation.

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  1. Cool… I’m currently reading (though not yet blogging about) “The Wettest County in the World”, set in 1930’s Virginia, and was surprised to see one of the characters described as bow-legged due to childhood scurvy — I had always thought of it as a sailor’s disease.