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Black Plague Essay

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I intend to explore the topic of the black plague also know as the bubonic plague. I want to research how it got started,where it started, what caused it, how did the people get it,how did it spread, the symptoms of it, how fast it killed you, and how many people died from it.Also research to see if Geoffrey Chaucer or William Shakespear came into contact with it in their life time and if so what did they see? I first learned about the black plague from Ann Rice movie Interview with the Vampire. In the moive they talk about it and louis one of the vampires stumbles across a little girl holding her mothers hand in a rocking chair that died from it.Her mother is almost a blackish color and has wounds all over her body. I aslo learned a little more about it from in my Health Care class at the technical high school; We were studying deadly diseases and ...view middle of the document...

Imagine if they used the black plague it could be possible that almost the entire population of the whole world could be wiped out from it. People need to understand that technology advances every day and so does sience and that it is possible that it could happen. They need to know how to try to protect themselves from it if any way possible and what signs to look for if someone is becoming ill with it so they can stay far away as posssible from them in order not to catch it. The black plague would be a very nasty disease to use to bilogical warfare because of how much damage it can do and how fast it can do it. A quote that I like about the black plague is "Neither physicians nor medicines were effective. Whether because these illnesses were previously unknown or because physicians had not previously studied them, there seemed to be no cure. There was such a fear that no one seemed to know what to do. When it took hold in a house it often happened that no one remained who had not died. And it was not just that men and women died, but even sentient animals died. Dogs, cats, chickens, oxen, donkeys sheep showed the same symptoms and died of the same disease. And almost none, or very few, who showed these symptoms, were cured. The symptoms were the following: a bubo in the groin, where the thigh meets the trunk; or a small swelling under the armpit; sudden fever; spitting blood and saliva (and no one who spit blood survived it). It was such a frightful thing that when it got into a house, as was said, no one remained. Frightened people abandoned the house and fled to another." -Marchione di Coppo Stefani http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/fleas/bdeath/Quotes.html I like this quote because it prove that no one saw it coming and that no one knew how to treat it, not even the best doctors. It shows how frightened people were of it and that they would do anything not to catch it...even abandon their own house. It tells that not only humans got it but also animal were infected.

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