Medieval medicine

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The Black Death

The Black Death

In the 1340s, thousands of people were killed by a disease spreading round the world - this was the Black Death. It reached Britain in 1348, killing a third of the population.


  • Swelling of the lymph glands into large lumps filled with pus (known as buboes)
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Vomitting, diarrhea and abdominal pain


  • Praying and holding lucky charms
  • Cutting open buboes to drain the pus
  • Holding bread against the buboes, then burying it in the ground
  • Eating cool things and taking lots of baths
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