Vol. 6 (2021)
The health emergencies of the 18th century

Danilo S. Samoilovič e Charles de Mertens, un esempio di rivalità medica sullo sfondo dell’epidemia di peste a Mosca (1770-1772)

Chiara Lerede
Università di Firenze and Université Paris Sorbonne
Published September 8, 2021
Keywords
  • Bubonic Plague,
  • C. De Mertens,
  • D.S. Samoilovic,
  • Catherine the Great,
  • Moscow,
  • Eighteenth Century
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How to Cite
Lerede, C. (2021). Danilo S. Samoilovič e Charles de Mertens, un esempio di rivalità medica sullo sfondo dell’epidemia di peste a Mosca (1770-1772). Diciottesimo Secolo, 6, 19-27. https://doi.org/10.36253/ds-12598

Abstract

The article aims to highlight the personal and social rivalries that arose within the Russian medical community, in the context of management of the Moscow plague epidemic in the years 1770-1772. The analysis of the dispute between Danilo S. Samoilovič and Charles de Mertens in the years 1778-1784, allows us to trace the personal tensions and envy between the two colleagues, where elements of nationalism and chauvinism intersect, reflecting the complex relationship between indigenous and foreign elements, typical of the Russian medical class and social élite during the Eighteenth Century.

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