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The Plague at Marseilles Consider'd   By: (1688-1732)

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In "The Plague at Marseilles Consider'd" by Richard Bradley, we are taken on a thought-provoking journey through the devastating plague that swept across Marseilles in the 18th century. Bradley's extensive research and meticulous attention to detail make this book a comprehensive account of the events that unfolded during this harrowing time.

One of the strengths of Bradley's work is his ability to blend historical facts with engaging storytelling. He masterfully recreates the atmosphere of fear and desperation that plagued the residents of Marseilles as the epidemic took hold. His vivid descriptions of the city's streets, the overcrowded hospitals, and the daily struggles faced by both medical professionals and the general population transport readers back in time, allowing them to experience the chaos firsthand.

Moreover, Bradley's analysis of the different aspects of the plague is both insightful and thought-provoking. He delves into the socio-political context of the time, examining the role of the French monarchy and the Church in responding to the crisis. By doing so, he sheds light on the various factors that exacerbated the spread of the disease, as well as the shortcomings of the authorities in handling the situation effectively.

Additionally, Bradley's exploration of the medical understanding of the plague at the time is truly fascinating. He provides a thorough examination of the prevailing theories and treatments, highlighting the clash between traditional and innovative medical approaches. This comprehensive analysis not only contributes to our understanding of the historical context but also raises intriguing questions about the limitations of scientific knowledge in the face of such a devastating epidemic.

However, one minor drawback of the book is its occasionally dense and scholarly language. While the meticulous research and attention to detail are commendable, some readers may find the text difficult to follow at times. Bradley's intricate writing style, though scholarly, might alienate more casual readers who are looking for a more accessible account of the plague at Marseilles.

Overall, "The Plague at Marseilles Consider'd" by Richard Bradley is a captivating and informative book that offers a comprehensive examination of the devastating plague that struck Marseilles in the 18th century. With its meticulous research, engaging storytelling, and thought-provoking analysis, this book is an essential read for anyone interested in the history of epidemics and their impact on society.

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With REMARKS upon the PLAGUE in General, shewing its Cause and Nature of INFECTION, with necessary Precautions to prevent the spreading of that DIREFUL DISTEMPER. Publish'd for the PRESERVATION of the People of GREAT BRITAIN.

Also some Observations taken from an Original Manuscript of a Graduate Physician, who resided in LONDON during the whole Time of the late Plague, Anno 1665.



LONDON : Printed for W. MEARS at the Lamb without Temple Bar . 1721. Price 1 s.

TO Sir ISAAC NEWTON President of the Royal Society, &c.


To Act under Your Influence, is to do Good, and to Study the Laws of Nature, is the Obligation I owe to the Royal Society, who have so wisely placed Sir Isaac Newton at their Head.

The following Piece, therefore, as I design it for the Publick Good, naturally claims Your Patronage, and, as it depends chiefly upon Rules in Nature, I am doubly obliged to offer it to the President of that Learned Assembly, whose Institution was for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge.

I am, Sir With due Respect, Your most obliged, Humble Servant,


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