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The Death Of The Black Death

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The Black Death was a very important time in history and, while devastating, it led to many advances in medicine due to the mass spread of a new deadly disease. The 14th Century encompassed the time period of January 1, 1301 to December 31, 1400. When this disease struck, Ole J. Benedictow calculates that it killed about 50 million people in Europe alone, which was about 60% of Europe’s population at the time. That being said, the Black Death, often referred to as the Bubonic Plague, clocked in the death toll at about 75 million people. The Plague reached France, Norway, Denmark, and Britain, making it the largest and worst plague to ever strike against mankind. To add perspective, The Black Death struck around 1348 and lasted almost…show more content…
These bumps can appear anywhere and everywhere on the human body. As previously mentioned, one way to contract plague was through fleas. They would usually take a wild rodent as their host, such as rats. These hosts would wander all over, giving the fleas a chance to jump on people and bite them, infecting their blood. These people would then continue to spread it to others, through bodily fluids.
Access to health care is a recent social commodity. During the times of the Black Plague the general population did not have access to health care or the means to pay for medication of medical attention. Only individuals with wealth could afford to live with such a luxury. The rest of the general population was left to contract a horrible disease and fend for themselves. Some of the things that the Black Plague would do to the human body were most likely accompanied by immense pain. The lymph glands would swell and turn into lymph nodes, which are large and painful bumps. Also, a bacteria known as Yersinia Pestis is believed to be the cause of plague. This bacteria causes healthy tissue to slowly deteriorate and eventually die. The dead and dying tissue turns black. This side effect is what gives the disease its name.
To prevent the spread of the Plague from patient to doctor, doctors would wear special hazmat suits. The main part, and the part that draws the most attention, is the mask. First, there was a
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