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Term: rhubarb
References: Master and Commander, page 310
HMS Surprise, page 249
The Mauritius Command, page 100
Desolation Island, page 90
Clarissa Oakes, page 15
The Thirteen-Gun Salute, pages 45, 165
The Nutmeg of Consolation, page 189
The Commodore, page 118
The Yellow Admiral, pages 116, 201
Blue at the Mizzen, pages 86, 88, 103, 106
Meaning: The rhubarb plant (not kitchen rhubarb but Rheum officinale) was used as a purgative.

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Maturin's Medicine — This article is based on information from Maturin's Medicine, compiled and edited by Kerry Webb, with the help of a number of contributors.

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