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The Black Plague was one of the worst and deadliestdiseases known to man in the history of the world The Plagueoriginated in Italy and quickly spread throughout Europe killingmore than one hundred thirty seven million people Earlytreatments for the Plague were often bizarre but eventually camein a vaccine and through isolation The symptoms of the BlackPlague were swellings called buboes and dried blood under theskin that appeared black The Black Plague changed the world inseveral different ways It resulted in medical advances andIn the 1300s one of the most fearful and deadliestdiseases known to humans erupted somewhere in Central Asia theBlack Plague It came to England in 1348 and for over threecenturies the Black Plague remained a continual fear in theeveryday life of citizens in Europe The Plague struck firstalong the northern edge of the Black Sea in 1348 where itkilled and estimated eighty eight thousand people in less thanthree months The Plague reached southern England in the latesummer of 1348 and swept northward through the following year The Black Plague completed its journey and died out by the endof 1351 Although the people of Medieval Europe did not knowthe direct cause of the Plague they believed without doubt that God was responsible judging human behavior and readyto punish the wicked They concluded that this Black Plague waspunishment from an angry God Corzine 27-31The Black Plague had several different names BubonicPlague received its name because of the painful swellings itproduced called buboes The Black Death is another name whichwas given to the Plague because of the appearance of black bloodbeneath the skin This disease became associated with the termplague because of the widespread fatalities that it causedThe people of the fourteenth century were uneducated andsusceptible to superstitions Some of the early treatments forthe plague were the wearing of excrement and bathing in humanurine Other precautions were the use of leeches and the placingof dead animals in infested homes Zeigler 35Today he Bubonic Plague has a
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