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6-2-2020

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As we find ourselves amid a global pandemic it is pivotal to understand our past regarding medicine and its reaction to new threats. The Black Death outbreak of the fourteenth century catalyzed a major shift in medical thought across the Eurasian continent. As medical leaders and writers of the era attempted to understand and react to the death of millions, a conceptualization of disease came about. Coming to be known as Contagion theory, this novel conceptualization led to the many advances we have enjoyed in medicine over the past 700 years. This research explores sources written in the fourteenth century and historical analyses of said sources to better comprehend this shift and its role in contemporary medical thought. Unfortunately, the advancement of medical thought is not a linear progression, it only improves when a novel threat demands improvement. Only through understanding this development over time as outlined in this research can we recognize our successes and flaws and therefore improve.

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Jun 2nd, 12:00 AM

Danse Macabre: The Black Death Through the Global Health Lens

As we find ourselves amid a global pandemic it is pivotal to understand our past regarding medicine and its reaction to new threats. The Black Death outbreak of the fourteenth century catalyzed a major shift in medical thought across the Eurasian continent. As medical leaders and writers of the era attempted to understand and react to the death of millions, a conceptualization of disease came about. Coming to be known as Contagion theory, this novel conceptualization led to the many advances we have enjoyed in medicine over the past 700 years. This research explores sources written in the fourteenth century and historical analyses of said sources to better comprehend this shift and its role in contemporary medical thought. Unfortunately, the advancement of medical thought is not a linear progression, it only improves when a novel threat demands improvement. Only through understanding this development over time as outlined in this research can we recognize our successes and flaws and therefore improve.