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    • In the Wake of the PlagueThe Black Death and the World it Made Norman F. Cantor
    • Content Biomedical Social Historical/ other
    • Biomedical ContentCurrent Knowledge 14th century Killedabout 1/3of Europe’s population “exterminating of humanity” Carried on rats Spread through trade
    • Combination of Diseases Anthrax Fast death (3 or 4 days) spread by undercooked meat, anthrax spores Bubonic Plague High death probability Spread by fleas or rodents, aerosols, pneumonia 3 stages first stage: flulike symptoms Second stage: black welts or bulges Pneumonia or death Jewish Conspiracy Poisoning wells Burnt Jews
    • Social Content Consequences are class polarization, social dislocations, capital accumulations and threatened stability Loss of laborers (decline of serfdom, rise of yeoman) Inflation Death of leaders Religion
    • Historical beliefs Modern hypotheses Cosmic dust causing outbreaks Mystical superstitions serpents, natural disasters
    • Aftermath Millions of dead bodies Gave surviving women more independence Labor shortages (decline of serfdom) Economy Art