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Controlling the geographical spread of infectious disease: plague in Italy, 1347-1851.

  title={Controlling the geographical spread of infectious disease: plague in Italy, 1347-1851.},
  author={Andrew D. Cliff and Matthew R. Smallman-Raynor and Peta M. Stevens},
  journal={Acta medico-historica adriatica : AMHA},
  volume={7 2},
After the establishment of the first quarantine station in the Republic of Ragusa (modern-day Dubrovnik) in 1377, the states and principalities of Italy developed a sophisticated system of defensive quarantine in an attempt to protect themselves from the ravages of plague. Using largely unknown and unseen historical maps, this paper reconstructs the extent and operation of the system used. It is shown that a cordon sanitaire existed around the coast of Italy for several centuries, consisting of… Expand
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