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Like Panum, Manicus also described his sojourn in the

Faroes, and even though his report, which could be read in

Ugeskrift for Læger, was not as comprehensive as Panum’s,

he viewed the connection between medical complications

and social living conditions with a sharper eye. He writes:

Bøigden Sumbø was one of the sites where the epidemic

claimed the most victims. The poverty of its inhabitants,

the poor housing conditions, and the fact that all at once

measles gripped the larger part of the inadequately

nourished population, who were moreover apt to follow any

sort of advice, explains this.

Manicus further added that the disease spared nearly all of

the Danish families and was markedly milder among the

well-to-do natives.

In a footnote to her doctoral thesis Kunnskap og makt,

which was published in 2006, Beinta í Jákupsstovu writes:

The mid-1800s was a period characterized by strong

ideological currents; Manicus might have sympathized with

political ideas surrounding the promotion of social equality

or with Faroese nationalism.

She admits, however, that no extant sources support this