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Unformatted text preview: By “searchers” appointed by Parish Clerks Occasionally verified by “examiners” or by surgeons o Weekly reports to the downtown “guild ha;;” of parish “aldermen”; then published and sold o The mayor of London in charge; very few city pest houses (lazarettos); household isolation and pest houses were paid for and operated by parish churches • The London Bills of Mortality o Italian cities had death registers, but they were not public o London reported news of deaths in weekly broadsides since 1592, then 1603 o How John Graunt read the Bills • John Graunt o Sometimes called the “father of demography” o He was an ordinary haberdasher o He bought weekly Bills of Mortality , then asked what more could be learned from examining them? Some Examples: • Reporting Causes of Death o Searchers Examiners or surgeons may confirm o Parish Clerk o Guild Hall of Parish Clerks o Plague Workers Watchmen Nurse-keepers...
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- Demography, Great Plague of London, John Graunt, Parish Clerks