Medicine - The Black Death

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What was it?

  • Historians today think it was the bubonic plague, carried by fleas on black rats
  • The disease was brought to different countries on trading ships
  • Passed to humans when an infected flea bites them and the disease enters

How people thought the Black Death was caused

  • ReligionGod sent the plague as a punishment for people's sins
  • Astrology: the position of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn was unusual at this time
  • Miasma: bad air or smells caused by decaying rubbish
  • Volcanoespoisonous gases from volcanoes and earthquakes…

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