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'"A Plague on Both Your Houses": coping with epidemic disease in early modern Tuscany'

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Strategies developed by governments in renaissance and early modern Europe to cope with epidemic disease have remained relevant through the centuries, for they are often seen as having provided a template for later public health policies. In particular measures such as isolation and quarantine developed in the early modern period have been seen as models for strategies to deal with a wide range of epidemics, from cholera to AIDS , SARS, Bird Flu and Ebola. This talk will examine how society confronted crises such as plague in pre-modern Italy, which at the time was regarded as providing an example to countries in northern Europe, through examining and indeed questioning exactly how effective were these measures.

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