Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 4

Sociology of Medicine and Health CLASS 4 - Sociology of...

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Sociology of Medicine and Healthcare History of Epidemic Disease, germ warfare, Anthrax Class Lecture # 4 2/2/09 I. History of Disease Black death: Natural and Human disaster in medieval Europe Overview: o Caused by Bacillus Yersina pestis o A disease of rats spread to humans by fleas o Humans don’t develop immunity o 3 :pandemics: wiped out large properties of population 400-500A.D. Rome- significantly weakened Roman Empire 1347-1665 Europe killed 33-50% of population 1896- 1933 Asia [India] Bubonic plague in medieval Europe o Symptoms- swelling of lymph nodes, black blotches o Medieval treatment is streptomycin- cuts mortality to 5% o ¾ kids died before age 10 o 1/5 of mothers died during child birth o Believed plague caused by imbalance in body fluids: blood, black bile, flem, yellow bile o Medieval treatment Educed diarrhea Burn incents ( perfume cure) Transmission of bubonic plague o Rats carry fleas, which carry the bacteria o Rats usually have partial immunity to the plague
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This note was uploaded on 11/16/2011 for the course SOC 210 taught by Professor Hanssell during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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