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Varia Historia

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SOUZA, Christiane Maria Cruz de. The Spanish flu in Salvador: the everyday life in the sick city. Varia hist. [online]. 2009, vol.25, n.42, pp. 403-427. ISSN 0104-8775.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-87752009000200003.

In this paper we present the trajectory of the Spanish flu epidemic in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil), and we analyze the conditions that contributed to its eruption and propagation. We also highlight the individuals or social groups affected by the disease, and we show their context in the social and geoeconomic spaces of the city. We are interested to discuss how the disease infiltrates people lives and its repercussion in the everyday of the city. In this sense, we intend to analyze the attitudes of the inhabitants of Salvador faced with the invasion by the disease and the threat of the death, and their reaction to sanitary measures adopted.

Keywords : Spanish flu; society; Bahia.

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