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June 8, 1895


JAMA. 1895;XXIV(23):899-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430230033005

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The Epidemiological Society, in its current thirteenth volume, has a contemporary sketch of the London Plague of 1665. This valuable paper has been rescued from the hidden riches of the British Museum, at the instance of Dr. Joseph Frank Payne, the late President of the society named above.

The historian was Mr. William Boghurst, an apothecary, who sold drugs at the "White Hart" shop in the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields. The manuscript was prepared for the printer, but it was either not printed or was consumed in the great fire, as were many other newly issued works.

Boghurst was something more than a book-making apothecary. His book speaks of his independence, his skeptical analysis of current theories, his personal investigations at the bedside, and philosophical vein withal. He says of his undertaking to write on the Plague that there were many persons able to do the work better, "who might

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