Did the Sailors of the “Mary Rose” Suffer from Bone Disease?

And more importantly, did sailors in general in the 16th century suffer from debilitating bone disease such as rickets that is caused by Vitamin D deficiency? While this latter question is not addressed in this scientific paper, I think a little extrapolation might yield positive results. Be that as it may, The use of laser spectroscopy to investigate bone disease in King Henry VIII’s sailors, although technical in nature, does point out the prevalence of rickets among the bones exhumed from the Mary Rose wreckage.


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