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The death of Petty Officer Evans

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 October 2009

R. C. F. Falckh
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Petty Officer Evans was the first member of Captain Scott's party to die during the return journey from the South Pole in January-March 1912. His death has been ascribed to a combination of scurvy and exhaustion. This paper re-examines the evidence provided by Scott's and Wilson's diaries, and concludes that the primary cause of his death was anthrax, contracted from contact with the expedition ponies or their equipment.

Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1987

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