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With Scott in the Antarctic - Edward Wilson,
This review is from: With Scott in the Antarctic: Edward Wilson: Explorer, Naturalist, Artist (Hardcover)An elegantly written book by Isobel Williams that can be read on many levels. This portrait reveals a noble man whose faith gave him strength of purpose in the most extreme conditions: an inspiration to Scott and their fellow explorers. He took his responsibilities as a doctor seriously; his research was rigorous and the paintings and drawings, executed in dire conditions are exquisite. He kept a thorough and balanced diary even in the bleak times. What an exceptional man.
The diligent research by a fellow doctor provides great insight into contemporary medical knowledge, (such as lack of adequate nutrition and the cause of scurvy) exploration and the current aspirations and concerns of society. Learning about the paucity of information and equipment makes the expeditions more remarkable.
This is a story of heroic adventure. The pace of the narrative reflects the unfolding drama of exploration in the Antarctic: a compulsive read, informative and enjoyable.