When rabies stroke in the south of Toulouse area before the French Revolution


Maître de conférences en Histoire moderne
Centre de Recherches sur les Sociétés et Environnements Méditerranéens (CRESEM), EA 2984
Université de Perpignan-Via Domitia, Département d’Histoire, Faculté des LSH
52, avenue Paul Alduy, 66860 Perpignan cedex

A new current knowledge on the rabies epidemic that stroke France during the second half of the XVIII th century in the south of Toulouse area (or Bas-Comminges area) before the French Revolution allows, thanks to new documents, to certify that this area was the first one to be affected in a widespread and lastingly way between 1778 and 1786, although it was sporadically affected by “hydrophobia”. The latter frightened the population and set off quick responses from public authorities for which the effectiveness is yet not ascertained.

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Ref. : Bull.soc.fr.hist.méd.sci.vét., 2015, 15 : 7-17