The last visitation of the plague in Sweden: the case of Bräkne‐Hoby in 1710–11

Roger Schofield
Published Online:
16 Sep 2015
Volume/Issue No:
Volume 69 Issue 2

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In an earlier study of the plague in Colyton, Devon, the household distribution of deaths was studied to see whether this provided a method of identifying the causative disease. In this article, a known epidemic of plague in the Swedish parish of Bräkne‐Hoby was studied as a means of testing out the generality of the household distribution of deaths. It was discovered that, in this case, the very heavy mortality was due to two radically different means of spreading the disease, initially the classic bubonic one through the rat flea, and latterly, and somewhat surprisingly, the pneumonic one, through the infection of the inhabitants by their own friends and neighbours.

© Economic History Society 2015

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