Travels In Arabia By  John Lewis Burckhardt

























































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persons remaining in full health, notwithstanding the closest connexion
with the deceased, considerably removed the - Page 580
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The Great Many Cases Of Persons Remaining In Full Health, Notwithstanding The Closest Connexion With The Deceased, Considerably Removed The

Apprehensions of the malady being communicated by infection; and example works so powerfully on the mind, that when I saw

The number of foreigners then in the town quite unconcerned, I began to be almost ashamed of myself for possessing less courage than they displayed. The disease seemed, however, to be of the most malignant kind; very few of those who were attacked, escaped, and the same was observed at Djidda. The Arabs used no kind of medicine; I heard of a few people having been bled, and of others having been cured by applying a drawing-plaster to the neck; but these were rare instances, which were not imitated by the great mass. As it is the custom to bury the dead in a very few hours after decease, two instances occurred during my stay at Yembo, of persons supposed dead being buried alive: the stupor into which they fell when the disorder was at a crisis, had been mistaken for death. One of them gave signs of life at the moment they were depositing him in the grave, and was saved: the body of the other, when his tomb was re-opened several days after his burial, to admit the corpse of a near relation, was found with bloody hands and face, and the winding-sheet torn, by the unavailing

[p.414] efforts he had made to rise.

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