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The Plague doctor illustration is from Devils, Drugs & Doctors (Haggard, 1929). It depicts the protective clothing used by doctors treating the plague in Marseilles c1720. The beak was filled with spices to purify the inhaled air. At the time it was believed that plague was contagious by touch, hence the leather gloves and wand.

The Plague doctor illustration is from Devils, Drugs & Doctors (Haggard, 1929). It depicts the protective clothing used by doctors treating the plague in Marseilles c1720. The beak was filled with spices to purify the inhaled air. At the time it was believed that plague was contagious by touch, hence the leather gloves and wand.

Jews (identifiable by rouelle) being burned at stake. From medieval manuscript.

Jews (identified by the mandatory Jewish badge and Jewish hat) being burned during the Black Death in 1348 [wikipedia]

This picture represents the cholera outbreak in 1854 and John Snow, the father of modern epidemiology, was able to trace the source and help contain the epidemic.

Cartoon of the cholera epidemic that was caused by contaminated water given to various households in London.

1918 Spanish Flu Infographic

1918 Spanish Flu Infographic

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Drawing of a Medieval plague doctor (ca. (the "Pest" doctor wears "protective clothing" to avoid contact with the plague contagion suspected to be in the air)

man survives all three forms of Bubonic plague (Oregon) also discusses  other cases in the usa recently... Warning! Graphic photos  Bubonic, septicemic, pneumonic

Man who contracted the BUBONIC PLAGUE

man survives all three forms of Bubonic plague (Oregon) also discusses other cases in the usa recently.

European Deseases

The diseases brought over sea from the various countries killed off many Native Americans and their families and crops. Diseases like smallpox, malaria, measles all destroyed many Natives lives as they tried to prosper in their homeland.

Pudding Lane, London depiction of plague

It could always be worse, you could be living in century London during the Black Death / Plague or be Guy Fawkes.

Medieval Medicine. Medicine during the middle ages drew on earlier teachings from Galen and Hippocrates. Religion had a role in Medieval medicine.

Medieval Medicine. Medicine during the middle ages drew on earlier teachings from Galen and Hippocrates. Religion had a role in Medieval medicine.

An overview of historically accurate ways to die, by historian Wanda S. Henry.

Historically Accurate Ways to Die

Anonymous illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible The buboes characteristic of the bubonic plague are quite evident.

The Middle Ages - The Black Death Print

The Middle Ages - The Black Death

Again, not so marvelous, but medieval--The Middle Ages - The Black Death Print

Bubonic Plague -- Middle Ages

Man develops BUBONIC PLAGUE from stray cat bite and narrowly escapes death... but will have fingers and toes amputated

The same bacterium that ravaged medieval Europe as the "Black Death" still occasionally re-emerges. This past week, five cases were reported: four in Colorado and one in China.

Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome | Amazi...

Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome

Black Death Left a Mark on Human Genome 3 February 2014 The Black Death didn’t just wipe out millions of Europeans during the century. It left a mark on the human genome, favoring those who carried certain immune system genes

14th century depiction of Flagellants mortifying themselves in penitence (bought about by the onset of the Black Death)

flagellants -- I suspect the open skin made contracting plague even easier.

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