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Capuchincloister. Drawing Ph.van Gulpen ca.1840. | RCHL THA Collection LGOG, album Van Gulpen 2 after their death and pets had to pay with their graves have been found in the large town garden of lives for their presence. Their cadavers were the capuchin friars between the Bogaardenstraat thrown into the Meuse. After that, the house was and the Capucijnenstraat and in the garden of the decontaminated from roof to basement. A house in sisters of Sint Andries in the Maagdendries. which someone had died from the plague had to Many epidemic diseases were labelled as remain closed for six weeks. the plague, whether it actually was the plague or a However, all these measures failed to stop disease like dysentery, cholera, typhoid fever or the disease from spreading. The town council was whooping cough. This was mainly due to ignorance. powerless and had to look on helplessly as For a long time, however, the stock response to all hundreds of citizens lost their lives in an epidemic. these diseases remained the same: the patient had The victims were quickly wrapped in a cloth and to be isolated as soon as possible. In order to buried, often in mass graves outside the cemeteries provide for all these people the town council around the parish churches. In order to speed up created two important institutions. The first one decomposition and cleanse the ‘contaminated air’ was erected on a large island in the middle of the they were covered with quicklime. Such mass river Meuse, the place of today’s Griend. In 1415,


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