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Edward William Lane 1801–1876The Life of the Pioneering Egyptologist and Orientalist$
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Jason Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162879

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162879.001.0001

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The Great Plague of 1835

The Great Plague of 1835

(p.345) 19 The Great Plague of 1835
Edward William Lane 1801–1876

Jason Thompson

American University in Cairo Press

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

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