LECTURE 2 VIDEO PLAGUED
Our history and destiny are shaped by our diseases.
The Black Death that affected Europe is still with us. A teacher died of bubonic plague.
The disease has found its way to Californian squirrels and chipmunks and from there it is
just a short jump to our pets.
The teacher that died told the doctors that she had a cat that was sick. This cat had brought in
a chipmunk that was dead.
The teacher had pneumonic plague which is spread through respiration.
Why didn’t the plague spread to anyone else who came in contact with the teacher?
Plague evolved in marmonts (animal) in central Asia. The native people learned to avoid the
rodent. But if the virulence became more deadly, it was a major threat to human population.
It is called Black Death because of the agonizing, puss filled lymph glands called buboes.
1 in 4 people died, and there were few to help the sick.
People wondered why this was happening. In those days they had no idea about