By Jennifer Wright
A witty, irreverent travel of history's worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio―and a party of the heroes who fought them
In 1518, in a small city in Alsace, Frau Troffea all started dancing and didn’t cease. She danced till she used to be over excited six days later, and shortly thirty-four extra villagers joined her. Then extra. In a month greater than four hundred humans have been tormented by the mysterious dancing plague. In late-seventeenth-century England an eccentric gentleman based the No nostril membership in his gracious townhome―a social membership if you happen to had misplaced their noses, and different physique elements, to the plague of syphilis for which there has been then no therapy. And in turn-of-the-century ny, an Irish cook dinner brought on deadly outbreaks of typhoid fever, a case that remodeled her into the infamous Typhoid Mary.
Throughout time, people were terrified and excited about the illnesses historical past and condition have dropped on them. a few of their responses to these outbreaks are nearly too unusual to think in hindsight. Get good Soon offers the ugly, morbid info of a few of the worst plagues we’ve suffered as a species, in addition to tales of the heroic figures who selflessly fought to ease the affliction in their fellow guy. along with her signature mixture of in-depth learn and storytelling, and never a bit darkish humor, Jennifer Wright explores history’s such a lot gripping and lethal outbreaks, and finally seems on the astounding methods they’ve formed historical past and humanity for nearly so long as somebody can remember.
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A witty, irreverent travel of history's worst plagues―from the Antonine Plague, to leprosy, to polio―and a party of the heroes who fought themIn 1518, in a small city in Alsace, Frau Troffea started dancing and didn’t cease. She danced till she was once over excited six days later, and shortly thirty-four extra villagers joined her.
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This notion, known as the miasma theory, regarding bad air, would persist, irritatingly, into the nineteenth century. 4 NOT LOOKING AT SICK PEOPLE. One doctor believed that “an aerial spirit” could fly out of a sick person’s eyes and into another person’s body, especially if you looked at that sick person while they were dying. 5 CHOPPING UP RAW ONIONS AND PLACING THEM THROUGHOUT YOUR HOUSE. Since many people thought that the plague was spread through bad smells, they hoped that placing onions around the house would purify the air.
Galen writes: “Black excrement was a symptom of those who had the disease, whether they survived or perished of it … if the stool was not black, the exanthem always appeared. ”9 This kind of writing is great. This is one of the first times in the historical record that a figure writes about a disease as a physician rather than as a historian. Doubtless that information was of great interest to anyone who was tending to a loved one, insofar as if their feces turned black, you would know to start making funeral arrangements.