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Heading into the Plague Abyss Medicine and survival during the Great Plague of London Overview The Abyss Samuel Pepys: who did stay in London in 1665 o John Evelyn: who spent little time in London proper, but kept close watch of the news in his parish and area of the city Dealing with the Great Plague: medicine, policy, science, cures Medicine and public health: Public health approaches to plague control o Traditional: Plague Orders were copied unchanged from previous plagues Orders addressed the minutiae of plague control Came from the King’s “Privy Council” Tended to control plague as a contact-borne (or contagious) disease
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Unformatted text preview: o Only a few pest houses, none created by the government of England or of London Wholesale abandonment of poor by September: an aspect of “the abyss” • Medical authorities: a marketplace o Elite College of Physicians practitioners: mostly traditional medicines o New scientific societies envisioned new experimentation, observation, but few new cures o Apothecaries: became by default the principle vendors of medicine to those who had to stay in London o Quacks: could from our perspectives come from any of these groups, or have no authority at all. Preyed upon scared, desperate people...
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