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SHAFONSKIY, Afanasiy Filimonovich.

Opisanie Morovoi Yazvy, byvshei v stolichnom gorode Moskva s 1777 po 1772 god, s prilozhniem vsekh dlya prekrashcheniia onoi togda ustanovlennykh uchrezdenii.

The Description of the plague, which existed in the city of Moscow from 1770 to 1772.

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Moscow, Imperial University, 1775

A bibliographical rarity of great historical and medical significance, with the folding hospital plans. from the library of Maria Fedorovna.

An important work on disease control and prevention, Shafonsky was at the heart of the bubonic plague outbreak in Moscow in 1770 and instrumental in its suppression. Originating in the army, the plague spread to a military hospital in Moscow where 27 patients fell ill and only 5 survived. Shafonsky was the first to recognise it as the plague and quickly warned his colleagues, many of whom dismissed him as causing unnecessary panic. Rinder, a German doctor who was in charge of public health for Moscow chose to ignore him and continued to do so until 1771 when he died of the disease himself.

At the epidemic's peak a thousand Muscovites were dying a day and the Governor, Petr Saltykov along with three quarters of the population fled to the

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First edition; 4to; with two large folding maps, marbled endpapers, library label for Pavlovsk Palace, blind stamp for Pavlovsk Museum to title-page; contemporary red morocco with floral gilt borders and imperial coat of arms to covers, spine in six parts with raised bands, gilt tooling, title to second panel, all edges gilt, minor loss of leather to lower cover, otherwise an excellent copy; [8], viii, [8], 652, [3].


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