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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Apr 2020 10:24 p.m. PST

…Explain Pandemics Through History.

"Throughout millennia, people have fostered some pretty irrational ideas about how infectious diseases such as plague and cholera were spread. Some of those notionsólike the idea that the ancient Cyprian plague could be caught simply by staring into the face of someone afflictedóseem laughable, like something the Monty Python troupe might have sprinkled into one of their medieval parody scripts for television.

Yet even as waves of disease washed again and again over population centers, it took centuries for science to fully understand the invisible world of microbes. Until that happened, people under pandemic siege tried to explain the overwhelming amount of death they saw in different ways. Some used simple observations, while some turned to fervent beliefs. Others viewed the cataclysm through the lens of their long-held biases, while still others processed the carnage through superstitions and bizarre theories. Here are a few:…"
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Robert le Diable23 Apr 2020 7:59 p.m. PST

Timely information, Armand. Some ideas might have been erroneous, but nevertheless effective, "bad air" being one. "Bad air" around stagnant water, true enough and sensible. Mosquitos too. "Malaria" caused by insects around the swamp, not the air itself.
It's worthy of discussion, if not capable of proof, whether advances in medical knowledge, or developments in town-planning, water-supply and sewerage, have contributed more to well-being of populations. Good Luck!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2020 11:46 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friend!.


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