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The Great Plague of 1835

Jason Thompson

in Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9789774162879
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970214 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.003.0020
The Great Plague of 1835

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Bubonic plague had appeared in Alexandria. Egypt had a long relationship with bubonic plague. After the plague's cataclysmic advent as the Black Death in the fourteenth century, it reappeared in Egypt with lethal regularity. The Black Death may have killed as much as 40 percent of Cairo's population, while mortality from some of the subsequent outbreaks easily reached 30 percent. It was largely to prevent the spread of this devastating disease that the Mediterranean system of quarantine, with lazarettos at places like Valletta and Alexandria, was established in the early nineteenth century. Lane's observations were a mix of miasmatist and contagionist attitudes. When confronted by plague, Lane responded with both flight and household quarantine according to the situations.

Keywords: bubonic plague; Alexandria; Egypt; Black Death; quarantine; lazarettos; Great Plague

Chapter.  10078 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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