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The Black Death discusses the causes and results of the plague that devastated medieval Europe It focuses on the many effects it had on the culture of medieval Europe and the possibility that it expedited cultural change I found that Robert S Gottfried had two main theses in the book He argued that rodent and insect life cycles as well as the changing of weather systems affect plague He claimed that the devastation plague causes is partly due to its perpetual recurrences Plague ravaged Europe in cycles devastated the people when they were recuperating As can be later discovered in the book the cycles of plague consumed the European population A second thesis which he described in greater detail was that the plagues expedited the process of cultural change The plagues killed a large percentage of each generation leaving room for changeThe Black Death covers the affects that numerous plagues had on the culture The cycle of the plagues struck each generation After a plague ravaged Europe from 599-699 plague killed in 608 618 628 640 654 684-686 694-700 718 and 740-750 In the early stages of the above series intervals are apparent These intervals demonstrate the cycles of the rodent and insect life Robert S Gottfried also argues rightfully so that plague may have hastened cultural change Along with plagues came the need for a cure Plague destroyed the existing medical systems and was replaced by a modern heir Previous to the plague scientists based their knowledge on early scientists such as Hippocrates and Galen Scientists knew little about what they were doing The medical community was divided into five parts These divisions were physicians surgeons barber-surgeons apothecaries and unlicensed practitioners These divisions were adequate when Europe was without plague but were obviously not prepared for plague Doctors responded with a series of changes are to thank for the development of modern scienceGottfried succeeded in convincing me that his thesis was truth The opening
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