Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Black Death

1. The Black Death originated in Europe because of unclean rodents.  Flees would bite these rodents and carry there diseased blood.  When they would feed on humans they would give them the blood of the diseased rodent.  The Black Death claimed millions of lives and terrified the people in Europe.   
2. There are several different cases of the Black Death a victim could have: bubonic, pneumonic, and septicemia.  In order to identify the bubonic plague I look for symptoms such as: enlarged and inflamed lymph nodes around arm pits, neck and groin.  My patient might also suffer from headaches, nausea, fevers, and vomiting.  To identify the pneumonic plague you check to see if the victims saliva contains blood.  After all it's an infection in the lungs.  Most people die if they have this case before they get a chance to see a doctor.  The septicemia plague's symptoms are incredibly high fevers and the skin turning a shade of purple.  It's incredibly rare and no one survives from it.  I encourage my patients who have this disease to sit by the fire and eat many fruits and vegetables.  They should also sleep on their side.  I will use leaches to suck out the infected blood and I can pop the infected blotches of pus; however, no one really survives, but at least we can try. 
3. Nowadays it would be easier to treat the Black Death.  Although many people would still be at risk of dying, especially those with the septicemia plague, there would be many more people that would survive.  Our doctors today are well equipped with new technology that would help to fight of the disease.  I don't think everyone would be too terrified, but it would not be good. 
"Medieval Sourcebook: Boccaccio: The Decameron - Introduction." FORDHAM.EDU. Web. 08 June 2011. <>.

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