The Black Death "Check List"


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In an earlier post, our team discussed the Black Death which ravaged much of Europe during the 1340s and 1350s. In order to determine whether a person's ailment was the "Black Death" or something else, there were specific symptoms to recognize.



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When looking at our previous article, victims of the disease would experience symptoms of the plague after about three to five days from initial infection- and these symptoms would be sudden. An online medical article referring to the Black Death says this:



"Septicemic plague (Black Death or black plague) symptoms and signs include fever, weakness, abdominal pain, chills, and shock. Tissue bleeding and death may cause the dying tissues to appear black."




Although based on the initial observation of this description of symptoms, this appears to be similar to the common flu. However, the Black Death proves to be much more devastating because of the transmission from rat fleas carrying the bacterium.



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These symptoms are something which holds similarities to the common flu, based on description. However, the Black Plague actually killed about thirty to sixty percent of European population from 1346 to 1353. That's a short period of time, nonetheless.


With that being said, by making some sort of attempt to minimize this outbreak and attempt to maintain some control over this spread of this virus (although this was depicted as futile), there was the creation of Plague Doctors in Europe to work on the front line of treating the sick.



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Despite efforts to diminish the spread of the Black Plague, acts such as simply getting fresh air, drinking clean water, and such did not change the outcome of this viral outbreak.


This was not the first time the world had experienced any sort of pandemic. However, each time treatment was provided, plague doctors experienced failure. Moreover, it did not take a significant amount of time for society to accept its fate and realize that during this time period (1346 to 1353) attempts to eliminate this virus continued to result in failure.


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Evidently, many plague doctors and others who accepted the role of medical practitioner, despite working mundane jobs otherwise, died as a result of treating the victims of the Black Death. With the idea that it was a realistic possibility to die from treating those who had been infected by the disease, there was also a large number of plague doctors that fled from their duties in order to attempt escaping their fate.



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Rather than facing death over a two to three week period following the evaluation of plague victims, plague doctors simply fled the area as a means of escaping their potential fate.



Despite the fact that these plague doctors trying to escape death from the Black Plague, based on logical evaluations, one must consider that at least thirty to sixty percent of Europeans died between 1346 and 1353 due to this disease. Thus, much like previously stated it is logical to render means of escape from the Black Death as futile as any attempt to cure the disease.


The Modernist Son, 2020-2021.



Further Reading: https://www.medicinenet.com/plague_facts/article.htm


https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor