The Impetus from Sicily

Samuel K. Cohn

in Cultures of Plague

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780199574025
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722530 | DOI:
 						The Impetus from Sicily

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This chapter concentrates on one of the longest and most influential plague treatises of the sixteenth century, that of the Sicilian physician Giovanni Filippo Ingrassia, written in 1575 and 1576. It broke with previous plague writing that concentrated on preventative measures and cures directed to the individual patient. Instead, it concentrated on the duties of the prince and public health policy—the creation of new plague hospitals, quarantine, street cleaning, plague passports, and sources of contaminated water. Further, it introduced a new rigour to plague chronicling and disease tracking.

Keywords: Sicily; Giovanni Filippo Ingrassia; plague writing; public health; hospitals; quarantine; street cleaning; water supplies; disease tracking

Chapter.  8564 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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