Coping with Plague: Public Health and Epidemics

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Speaker: Professor John Henderson, Professor of Italian Renaissance History, University of London

Italy, though best known for the birth of the Renaissance, is also renowned for the precocious development of its public health policies in the 16th century.

In this talk, Professor John Henderson will argue that it is time to re-examine and reassess early modern Italian policies dealing with plague. Henderson’s approach is to examine the often moving and tragic stories of the individuals touched by plague from either side of the doctor-patient boundary. The way in which governments and individuals dealt with plague are as relevant today as they were 500 years ago.