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The Black Plague and Its Impact on Medicine in Medieval Society

Summary: The Black Death, also called the "plague" or the "pestilence", is caused by a bacteria called Yersinia Pestis. It caused a devastating pandemic resulting in the death of over one-third of Europe's population in its major wave of 1348-1349. Yersinia Pestis had two major strains: the first, the Bubonic form, was carried by fleas on rodents and caused swelling of the lymph nodes, with a fifty-percent mortality rate. The second, the pneumonic form, was airborne after the bacteria had mutated and caused fluids to build up in the lungs and other areas, causing suffocation and a seventy-percent mortality rate.
The Black Plague and its Impact on Medicine in Medieval Society

The Black Death (also called the "plague" or the "pestilence", the bacteria that causes it is Yersinia Pestis) was a devastating pandemic causing the death of over one-third of Europe's population in its major wave of 1348-1349. Yersinia Pestis had two major strains: the first, the Bubonic form, was carried by fleas on rodents and caused swelling of the lymph nodes, or "buboes", and lesions under the skin, with a fifty-percent mortality rate; the second, the pneumonic form, was airborne after the bacteria had mutated and caused fluids to build up in the lungs and other areas, causing suffocation and a seventy-percent mortality rate.

Modern scholars suggest an array of causes for the Black Death. Some cite Malthusian theory by arguing that the disease was a natural result of the overwhelming population increase in the two centuries...

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