1684 BOOK MANUAL PLAGUE RESPONSE

1684 BOOK MANUAL PLAGUE RESPONSE

A map of the Trastevere neighborhood in Rome at the time of the 1656 plague epidemic is seen in Cardinal Girolamo Gastaldi’s 1684 manual containing guidelines for responding to a plague. In the upper left is the Jewish Ghetto. The cardinal’s guidelines were based on his experience during the plague in 1656 when Pope Alexander VII put him in charge of running Rome’s lazarettos, where people were separated for isolation, quarantine and recovery. (CNS photo/courtesy Rare Book Collection, Lillian Goldman Law Library, Yale Law School) See VATICAN-LETTER-PANDEMICS-CHURCH May 14, 2020.

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