Disease Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Disease

  1. AIDS mysterious new disease, incurable and usually fatal. [U.S. Hist.: WB, A:153]
  2. Black Death killed at least one third of Europe’s population (1348–1349). [Eur. Hist.: Bishop, 379–382]
  3. bubonic plague ravages Oran, Algeria, where Dr. Rieux perseveres in his humanitarian endeavors. [Fr. Lit.: The Plague]
  4. Cancer Ward, The novel set in cancer ward of a Russian hospital. [Russ. Lit.: The Cancer Ward in Weiss, 64]
  5. Decameron, The tales told by young people taking refuge from the black death ravaging Florence. [Ital. Lit.: Magill II, 231]
  6. Fiacre, St. intercession sought by sick. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 130]
  7. influenza epidemic caused 500,000 deaths in U.S. alone (1918–1919). [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 403]
  8. Joram suffered for abandoning God’s way. [O.T.: II Chronicles 21:15, 19]
  9. Journal of the Plague Year Defoe’s famous account of bubonic plague in England in 1665. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 529]
  10. Lazarus leper brought back to life by Christ. [N.T.: John 11:1–44]
  11. Legionnaires’ disease 28 American Legion conventioneers die of flu-like disease in Philadelphia (1976). [Am. Hist.: Facts (1976), 573, 656]
  12. Molokai Hawaiian island; site of government leper colony. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 1807]
  13. Naaman leprous Syrian commander healed by Elisha. [O.T.: II Kings 5]
  14. red death, the pestilence, embodied in a masque, fatally penetrates Prince Prospero’s abbey. [Am. Lit.: Poe The Masque of the Red Death]
  15. Rock, St. legendary healer of plague victims. [Christian Hagiog.: Attwater, 299]
  16. Sennacherib, army of besieging Jerusalem, Assyrian force must withdraw after an outbreak of plague. [O. T.: II Kings 19:35; Br. Lit.: Byron The Destruction of Sennacherib in Benét, 266]
  17. seven plagues, the visited upon the earth to signify God’s wrath. [N.T.: Revelation]
  18. St. Anthony’s Fire horrific 11th-century plague. [Eur. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 34]
  19. Syphilis Fracastoro’s epic concerning Syphilis, mythical first victim. [Ital. Lit.: RHD, 1443; Plumb, 342]
  20. ten plagues, the inflicted upon Egypt when Pharaoh refuses to let the Israelites emigrate. [O.T.: Exodus 7-12]
  21. Typhoid Mary (Mary Mallon, 1870–1938) unwitting carrier of typhus; suffered 23-year quarantine. [Am. Hist.: Van Doren, 354]