Essay The Pandemics Of The 19th Century

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There appear to have been several introductions into Europe. Along with the Chinese goods on board, the traders carried the bacterium yersinia pestis in the rats on board as well as in some of the sailors themselves. They grew to the size of a small apple or an egg, more or less, and were vulgarly called tumors. Victims were too numerous to be buried and were stacked high in the city’s churches and city wall towers, their Christian doctrine preventing their disposal by cremation. That the plague was caused by bad air became the most widely accepted theory. There have been innumerable epidemics of plague throughout history, but it was the pandemics of the 6th, 14th and 20th centuries that have had the most impact on human society, not only in terms of the great mortalities, but also the social, economic and cultural consequences that resulted. In a short space of time these tumors spread from the two parts named all over the body. Between the years 542 and 546 epidemics in Asia, Africa and Europe killed nearly 100 million people.15, 16
“When the flagellants – they were also called cross brethren and cross bearers – entered a town, a borough or a village in a procession their entry was accompanied by the pealing of bells, singing, and a huge crowd of people. Soon there was a shortage of doctors which led to a proliferation of quacks selling useless cures and amulets and other adornments that claimed to offer magical protection.
Medical knowledge had stagnated during the Middle…

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