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MUNOZ-DEVESA, Aarón  y  OLMO FERNANDEZ-DELGADO, María Dolores. The Spanish flu in the city of Murcia: spiritual care and interpretation of the diocesan Church. Temperamentvm [online]. 2020, vol.16, e13199.  Epub 06-Jun-2022. ISSN 1699-6011.


To describe the development of the Spanish flu epidemic in the city of Murcia and the spiritual care and interpretation of the diocesan Church.


We resorted to the historiographic methodology resorting to primary sources, these being the Murcia newspapers and the Diocesan Archives and the Cathedral Council.


Murcian newspapers, since April, echoed the existence of a new epidemic in Madrid, with certain doubts about its etiology. However, it arrived in the city of Murcia in May, being of a benign nature. Even so, the population movement during the summer months will make the epidemic return to the city in September with a strong virulence, entering a health crisis. It will be in November when, at the end of this second wave, the epidemic leaves the municipality, leaving behind numerous deaths and a great citizen mobilization.


The epidemic left the city of Murcia exposed in its institutional deficiencies, especially the neglect of the population of the Murcian garden, the lack of health personnel, and the lack of hygiene and literacy of the population. Given the lack of financial resources, it will be the bishopric who will mobilize the faithful for economic and human collaboration, calling for charity, solidarity and fraternity, since they considered the epidemic an awakening of consciences, at the same time that they recommended prayer as tool to improve coping.

Palabras clave : History of Nursing; Spanish Flu; Epidemics.

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