Historic Natural Events


    Sept. 21, 1486. Sweating Sickness in England.—According to Holinshed, “in this year a new kind of sickness invaded suddenly the people of this land passing through the same from the one end to the other. It began about the one and twentieth of September and continued until the latter end of October being so sharp and deadly that the like was never heard of to any man's remembrance before that time. For suddenly a deadly burning sweat so assailed their bodies and distempered their blood with a most ardent heat, that scarce one amongst a hundred that sickened did escape with life.”

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    Historic Natural Events. Nature 126, 457 (1930). https://doi.org/10.1038/126457a0

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