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  • Tags: disease and epidemics

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This article appeared in The Times of London on 29 October 1831, during England's first cholera crisis. Its author was Dr. James Johnson, a renowned physician and founder of the Medico-Chirurgical Review which was a mid-nineteenth-century medical…

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This woodcut depicts a Christian throwing wood on a fire pit in which Jews are being burned alive in fourteenth-century Bavaria. During the plague, Christians often suspected Jews of poisoning wells and food in order to spread disease, and burning…

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Although the most famous yellow fever epidemic hit Philadelphia in 1793, the disease returned often in the ensuing decades. This War Department document, from 1798, details requirements for combating and preventing the contagious fever that was…

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Galen's Methodus Medendi is a collected body of work detailing symptoms and treatments for various ailments that Galen encountered throughout his calling as a physician and surgeon in the Roman Empire in the mid to late second century, during the…

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In response to the plague outbreak in Northern Italy between 1629 and 1631, King Phillip IV of Spain enacted strict measures to prevent its spread into his own kingdom. Issued in 1630, this proclamation restricted entry into Spain to those with a…

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In 1793, Philadelphia experienced a massive outbreak of yellow fever. At the time, there was no vaccine for the disease and no one knew how it was spread. People who were financially able to do so fled city, but those who stayed died at an alarming…

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Daniel Defoe (1660-1731) was a merchant, a political activist, and a remarkably versatile writer, perhaps best known for his shipwreck novel Robinson Crusoe (1719). Three years later, in 1722, he published A Journal of the Plague Year, a…
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