In the Wake of the PlagueThe Black Death and the World it Made
Norman F. Cantor
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Biomedical 
Social 
Historical/ other
Biomedical ContentCurrent Knowledge
14th century
Killedabout 1/3of Europe’s population
“exterminating of humanity”
Carried...
Combination of Diseases 
Anthrax
Fast death (3 or 4 days)
 spread by undercooked meat, anthrax spores
Bubonic Plague
High ...
Social Content
Consequences are class polarization, social dislocations, capital accumulations and threatened stability 
L...
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  
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  1. 1. In the Wake of the PlagueThe Black Death and the World it Made Norman F. Cantor
  2. 2. Content Biomedical Social Historical/ other
  3. 3. Biomedical ContentCurrent Knowledge 14th century Killedabout 1/3of Europe’s population “exterminating of humanity” Carried on rats Spread through trade
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. Historical beliefs Modern hypotheses Cosmic dust causing outbreaks Mystical superstitions serpents, natural disasters
  7. 7. Aftermath Millions of dead bodies Gave surviving women more independence Labor shortages (decline of serfdom) Economy Art
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