Economic Effects Of The Pneumonic Plague

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Register to read the introduction… People who were infected began experiencing fevers, chills, nausea, pain and the inevitable dark blotches on the skin. Their lymph nodes in the armpits, neck and groin began to swell, oftentimes to the size of an apple or egg (McCabe, S.). This variation of the plague was known as the bubonic plague, named because of the buboes that appeared on the lymph nodes and skin. The cause of the buboes was blood pooling in and around the lymph nodes. The nodes would swell and become so large and engorged with blood that they eventually ruptured and oozed the blood and pus. For many poor souls this was the sign of the imminent death to follow. Another variation of the Black Death was the pneumonic plague. This variation involved many of the same symptoms, fevers, chills, nausea, and pain that the bubonic plague possessed. However, the pneumonic plague involved the respiratory system and …show more content…
The lack of population, social and economic impacts was a testimonial to the effects the Black Death had on Europe. Changes were also visible in the art world at that time. Before the plague hit Europe, tombs were decorated with the likeness of the person being entombed and gave a pleasant appearance to all. After the plague hit many of the tombs depicted death by showing skeletal images of people dressed in ragged clothing and often with worms and bugs crawling out of their orifices. Paintings that once showed natural beauty now showed images of death or the decay of dying people. This type of painting is known as the Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death (Knox, E.). Christ was the leading subject of artist’s depicting the death and suffering felt by most. Instead of portraying the Benediction as before the plague, religious artwork displayed Christ on the Cross or giving Judgment (Martin,

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