Boccacio's Theory Of The Black Death

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Great Disease’s Test 1 Topics: Introduction lectures, Black Death, Tb, and small pox/ vaccination The Black Death: Giovannin Boccacio described the plague very clearly in his book “The Decameron” and he was from Flourence, Italy. By the time the plague was complete the population of Europe and the Middle East was decreased from 100 million to 80 million people. One theory of why the plague was brought upon us was that Malthus’ prophecy was coming true. David Herlihy believed that it was caused by exogenous factors that broke the Malthusian stalemate. Despite fluctuations in population size, relatively stable population levels were maintained by preventive checks (changes of inheritance, delay in age of marriage, and birth control). The plague broke the Malthusian stalemate, and made Europeans restructure their society, and institute public health measures to control the spread of disease. This also lead people to begin questioning their faith in the church. The church claimed that the plague was sent…show more content…
Chicken pox is a different virus it is a herpes virus and isn't related to small pox. It is spread probably by inhalation, the virus is found throughout the patient's body. All the lesions grow until they grow together, and the under skin is killed off and you skin can fall apart. It kills by loss of skin and fluid, while 20% died around another 20% were scarred for life. It can grow not just the outer skin but inside the body, it can grow on the surface of the eye inside the throat and other places. Older physicians didn’t have much knowledge of disease but they operated off of theories, like they would bleed patients and make them sweat to try and cure the sick. They believe that disease is caused by imbalance of the bodies humors. In the mid-1600s people started to look at problems from a scientific standpoint. This was the first disease that physicians were actually able to
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