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1Running Head: EVALUATIVE ESSAY 2Evaluative Essay 2Science, Medicine and TechnologyHIE 201-C01 LUO
2EVALUATAIVE ESSAY 2Medicine (Black Death)The topic of Medicine through the period ofAD 476 to 1648 is one that carries a handfulof information on how the medical world has advanced through the years, and one of the mostpivotal points was the occurrence of the plague called The Black Death. Making analysis ofmedicine in the past cannot be done without first understanding Black Death and all of the eventsthat followed during and after the plague, additionally we see a different side of the Churchwhere Christians/Church usually known to cater for the people had used a different method tohandle the plague, and it could be said that the method used did not correlate with a biblical viewfor caring for the sick.The Black Death, also known as the bubonic plague, started in the 1340’s and lastedthrough to 1353; making it one of the most fatal pandemic recorded in human history. It was saidthe black death was a highly infectious disease that killed up to a third of Europe’s populationduring the 14thcentury1. The plague grew in violence daily, both physicians and citizens couldnot figure out the cause/cure or why the plague had occurred; furthermore the plague was caughtand transmitted easily – just by staying in close proximity of an infected patient. In Giovanni’sarticle, “Giovanni Boccaccio: on avoiding the Black Death (ca. 1349–1351)”, he states,“The disease was communicated by the sick to those in health and seemed daily to gainhead and increase in violence. . . .The contagion was communicated not only byconversation with those sick, but also by approaching them too closely, or even by merelyhandling their clothes or anything they had previously touched.”2

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Giovanni Boccaccio

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