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Florence under siege : surviving plague in an early modern city / John Henderson.

By: Henderson, John, 1949 June 12-.
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2019Description: xviii, 363 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780300196344.Subject(s): Plague -- History | Medical policy -- Italy -- Florence -- History -- 17th century | Florence (Italy) -- Social conditions -- 17th century | Florence (Italy) -- Politics and government -- 17th centuryDDC classification: 945.507 Summary: "Plague remains the paradigm against which reactions to many epidemics are often judged. Here, John Henderson examines how a major city fought, suffered, and survived the impact of plague. Going beyond traditional oppositions between rich and poor, this book provides a nuanced and more compassionate interpretation of government policies in practice, by recreating the very human reactions and survival strategies of families and individuals. From the evocation of the overcrowded conditions in isolation hospitals to the splendor of religious processions, Henderson analyzes Florentine reactions within a wider European context to assess the effect of state policies on the city, street, and family. Writing in a vivid and approachable way, this book unearths the forgotten stories of doctors and administrators struggling to cope with the sick and dying, and of those who were left bereft and confused by the sudden loss of relatives." - book cover
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-345) and index.

"Plague remains the paradigm against which reactions to many epidemics are often judged. Here, John Henderson examines how a major city fought, suffered, and survived the impact of plague. Going beyond traditional oppositions between rich and poor, this book provides a nuanced and more compassionate interpretation of government policies in practice, by recreating the very human reactions and survival strategies of families and individuals. From the evocation of the overcrowded conditions in isolation hospitals to the splendor of religious processions, Henderson analyzes Florentine reactions within a wider European context to assess the effect of state policies on the city, street, and family. Writing in a vivid and approachable way, this book unearths the forgotten stories of doctors and administrators struggling to cope with the sick and dying, and of those who were left bereft and confused by the sudden loss of relatives." - book cover

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