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The municipality of Paris confronts the plague of 1668.

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News, Notes and Queries 2. JARCHO, SAUL, Human Palaeopathology, Proceedings of a Symposium on Human Palaeopathology held in Washington D.C., 14 January 1965. 3. M0LLER-CHRISTENSEN, V., 'A rosary bead used as tooth filling material in a human mandibular canine tooth. A unique case from the Danish middle ages', Proc. XXI Congr. internaz. Stor. Med., Siena, 22-28 September 1968, Rome, 1969. 4. WEmSS, D. L., and M0LLER-CHISTENSEN, V., 'Leprosy, echinococcosis and amulets: a study of a medieval Danish inhumation', Med. Hist., 1971, 15, 260-67. V. M0LLER-CHRISTENSEN THE MUNICIPALITY OF PARIS CONFRONTS THE PLAGUE OF 1668 In the 1660s the bubonic plague, quiescent for a decade, once more returned in force to western Europe. Along with the great epidemic of 1665 in London, there was pesti- lence in the United Provinces and in Normandy and Picardy. In 1668 Paris heard reports ofplague at Soissons and Amiens; by July the port of Rouen, downstream from the capital along the Seine, was stricken. As the epidemic threatened commercial routes to Paris, the authorities there put into motion traditional measures designed to restrict communication with afflicted communities. The safety of Paris-a capital numbering nearly one-half million and potentially a point of convergence for persons or merchandise carrying plague-was at stake." A variety of officials enforced regulations against pestilence, among them the minister Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the Parlement of Paris, and the municipality. The outbreak of an epidemic in the spring of 1668 prompted the Parlement (fundamentally a high court of law that occasionally legislated) to restrict commerce entering or leaving Soissons and Amiens. Guided by Colbert and the Six Merchant Guilds2 of Paris, the Parlement agreed to restrict trade between Paris and Rouen, too. Its decree of 27 August forbade transport of goods by land between the two cities. As for river traffic, all boats were to sail upstream to Mantes to be unloaded so that goods 'susceptible to bad air' be

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