Plagues in Early Modern Europe: Online First

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Plagues in Early Modern Europe: History, Models, Representations and Metaphors
 
Epidemics are usually conceived of as sudden, devastating events against which there is no defence. Other features common to all descriptions of epidemics include a sense of seclusion, loneliness and deprivation, an altered perception of the physical world and of its symbolic topography, changed attitudes to human relationships, relegation to oblivion of practices considered holy, such as the burial of the dead, the inability of scientists to find a remedy or a cause, the folly of those in public power and of their provisions, the invention and persecution of scapegoats, or of criminals supposed to spread the contagion, the moral degradation which accompanies the disease...
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Manfred Pfister, Sir Thomas Browne and the Plague
 
Abstract:
Sir Thomas Browne’s little treatise is here published for the first time in an annotated version. It offers illuminating insights in how a prominent practicing physician and scholar from Norwich reacts to the plague hitting England in Early Modern times and the small help the medical knowledge about the plague from Paracelsus to Browne, which he examines with great learning.
 
Keywords: Hippocrates, Medicine, Plague, Theory and Practice
 
DOI: https://doi.org/10.13128/jems-2279-7149-11931