Age of Awareness
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Age of Awareness

The 1793 Plague of Philadelphia That Killed Ten Percent of the Population

The “Great Sickness” or “Bilious Plague” as it was known, reached epidemic proportions in places like Philadelphia during the summer of 1762 and again in 1793. In the later epidemic, the city’s population had grown to 50,000, and almost 5,000 died of the fever. At that time Philadelphia was the medical capital of America and its physicians were considered to be the finest in the land.

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Glenn Fay, Jr.

Glenn Fay, Jr.

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Author of Vermont’s Ebenezer Allen: Patriot, Commando and Emancipator by Arcadia/The History Press, University of Vermont EdD. https://www.facebook.com/groups/