Diseases and World History

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DBQ: Diseases and World History
During the from 300 to 1750 CE the Bubonic Plague started to spread tremondously throughout history. There were many view points and perspective on the plague, some believing it was a spreading disease that had to be avoided, or a cure that could stop it, yet some also based it on religious beliefs.

Responses showed how to keep the disease from spreading and staying healthy was to stay away from those who were ill. Document 1 describes an accurate physical description of the smallpox disease based on the head doctor of the largest hospital in Baghdad. Al-Razi uses the words like inflamed lungs, redness, and restlessness to support how the additonal symptons occur. He says the best thing to do was just to stay away from it. In Document 3 a report in 1350 CE by The Medical Faculty of Paris say that those who are well should be put at a distance from the sick for it contagious, especially ones that are related or connected because they seem to be the ones who mostly die. Document 8 concludes that those who were born before many others faced plagued, surrendered, and died; There was no one to protect them so they to are believed to run away or die.

Beliefs of how to cure the disease was also an open thought. Many doctors have studied and apparently found cures and fixes. Ho Kung, in Document 2, a Chinese doctor in attempts to use remedies to cure the epidemic disease says to eat, "boiled edible mallows, mixed them with garlic" with a "small amount of rice to help it down." You can also make a a similar connection in Document 9 where Lady Mary Wortley Montagu explains how vaccination is a simple fix to small-pox and for a week they have a fever then all their illnesses disappear like there was never one to begin with. She adds on to say that she would practice it on her "dear little son" because she's so sure of it.

Several civilization had different religious beliefs for the cause of the plague. In Document 4 after...
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