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Hodges, Nathaniel, 1629-1688.
Loimologia, or, An historical account of the plague in London in 1665 : with precautionary directions against the like contagion, by Nath. Hodges ... ; to which is added, an essay on the different causes of pestilential diseases, and how they become contagious ; with remarks on the infection now in France, and the most probable means to prevent its spreading here, by John Quincy.
London : Printed for E. Bell and J. Osborn, 1720.

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Nathanial Hodges' great book describes his experiences as one of the few physicians who remained in London during the Great Plague of 1665. Samuel Pepys, who because he was a magistrate also stayed, was one of his friends. His medical records which include survivors as well as deaths, supplement the Bills of Mortality. The publication of this translation from the original Latin was timely as plague was raging in Marseilles in 1720, generating fear of a renewed visitation of the disease in England. The book contains a memorable phrase about rats coming out of their holes to die. Daniel Defoe used Loimologia as a source when writing The Journal of the Plague Year.

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