Dr Altounyan Recalls the Cholera Epidemic of 1894

Taqui Altounyan, the inspiration for Titty in Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons, begins her delightful memoir In Aleppo Once with a description of her paternal grandfather.    He started serious life so early. At the age of seven, when his father died, leaving him in charge of his three brothers, he decided to be a doctor.Continue reading “Dr Altounyan Recalls the Cholera Epidemic of 1894”

Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic 1785-6

        In subsequent letters, Miss Tully reports on corsair attacks; cases of the same person enduring repeated bouts of the plague; the Tully family’s friend Hadgi Abderrahman’s 104-day quarantine off Malta, and the doctor who fled with him’s method of treating the plague, learned from a Moorish woman, which “gained him great popularity in Malta.”Continue reading “Miss Tully: Letters from Tripoli during the plague epidemic 1785-6”