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p. 11. Plague: what's in a name?locked

p. 11. Plague: what's in a name?locked

  • Paul Slack


‘Plague: what's in a name?’ looks at the various meanings of the term ‘plague’, the epidemiology of the disease, and its existence as a social phenomenon. Plague is distinguished from other epidemic diseases in two ways: the numbers of people it killed and the special horrors which it inflicted on its victims. The predominant form of plague since the 1890s has been ‘bubonic plague’, however there are differences between modern and past plagues and the debate continues about what disease was responsible for the great mortalities evident in the historical record.

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