The Great Fire of 1666
Miscellaneous; Extract, Miscellaneous; Afterword
Epidemiology, Public Health, Government
Corporation of London
Observes: 'To this conflagration may be attributed the complete destruction of the plague, which, the year before only, swept off 68,590 persons!' (149). The extract discusses the danger to public health of the town before the fire, and of the improvements made in the rebuilding and subsequently. The afterword quotes James P Malcolm's view that 'London was burnt by government, to annihilate the plague, which was grafted in every crevice of the hateful old houses composing it' (150).
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