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Term: marthambles
References: Desolation Island, page 123
The Reverse of the Medal, page 164
The Nutmeg of Consolation, pages 132, 149
The Wine-Dark Sea, page 130
The Yellow Admiral, page 226
Meaning: An unspecified illness, "known as the marthambles at sea and griping of the guts by land" — The Nutmeg of Consolation. Patrick O'Brian is said to have seen the word on a pamphlet of the era by the quack doctor, Dr Tufts. It appears to be contagious and deadly to Pacific islanders.

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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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