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Sat Mar 21, 2020, 09:59 AM

For context, we have been here before - The Forgotten Plague - American Experience

Why is it that the US has the shortest memory and attention span? We are not unique or special. There is nothing new under the sun.

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/plague/

It wasn't until the late 1880's that medicine finally figured out that how Tuberculosis was spread. Up until then, it was thought to be a family disease.

After germ theory was finally accepted, people were sequestered into sanatoriums and stayed there until they died.

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Reply For context, we have been here before - The Forgotten Plague - American Experience (Original post)
Hestia Mar 2020 OP
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Response to Hestia (Original post)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 10:37 AM

1. Interesting info from the mid-1600s on this topic

I'm reading Journal of the Plague Year by Daniel Defoe. He chronicles life in London during that plague year. I was surprised that he called it an "infection". People knew it could be contained by keeping people isolated and then burning their belongings if they died. The city's bureaucracy was enlisted with specific jobs to monitor the spread and there were severe penalties for not doing their jobs.

The book is available for free at www.gutenberg.org. I recommend it highly for an intimate look at living through what happens to a society under that pressure.

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Response to The Blue Flower (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 10:38 AM

2. Was that

The Sleeping Sickness?

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Response to edhopper (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 21, 2020, 10:48 AM

3. It is thought to have been the bubonic plague

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