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immediately sought to send medical aid to the Faroes. Two

doctors were asked to take on the task.

One was twenty-six year old August Manicus. His father,

Claus Manicus, had been country surgeon on the Faroe

Islands from 1820-28. Accordingly, his son had spent his

childhood in Tórshavn and had been a playmate of both

Vencil Hammershaimb and Doffa.

The second doctor, the orange man, was better known as

Peter Ludvig Panum.

For five months, the two traveled the islands administering

medical aid. Panum also made a thorough examination of

Faroese living conditions. He scrutinized factors such as

housing, hygiene, diet, and food preparation – and he

recorded every last detail. He also described the clothing,

and the overall affect that weather had on the health of

body and soul.

His results were published in the doctors’ medical journal

Bibliothek for Læger in the spring of 1847.

Of course, before June 17, 1846, what no one, not even

Panum himself, realized was that his treatise would become

one of modern epidemiology’s great breakthroughs.