During the earlier successful three-year Jackson-Harmsworth expedition to Franz Josef Land, Koettlittz fine-tuned his measures to prevent scurvy, became an experienced ski runner, dog and pony handler and expert in polar survival. These skills were available when Koettlittz was appointed senior surgeon on the Discovery Expedition led by Scott, but due to personal reasons and the inability to acknowledge Koettlittz´s polar experience, both Scott´s expeditions were beset by major life-threatening issues that Koettlittz had faced and resolved on Franz Josef Land. On the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, Scott and his four companions died on their failed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole.
This well-researched account is enriched with previously unseen archive material such as correspondence with Nansen and photographs relating to polar history during the period 1890-1916.
Aubrey A. Jones