Medicine: The Plague

The plague—in earlier times called also the Black Death or the Pestilence—has been one of the great wholesale man-killers of history. Ancient Greece and Rome were helpless against it. In the 14th Century it killed 25 million in Europe, probably another 25 million in China and India. Boccaccio used the plague in Florence as a backdrop and excuse for his Decameron; 300 years later Pepys noted in his Diary many a detail of London's famed plague of 1665. One or two cases a year still show up in the U.S.

Contrary to popular opinion, the plague has not been stamped...

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