Monday, 19 September 2011

A workable plan is worth more than a million debates (Part 5 of 10)

While Paracelsus completed his medical studies in Ferrara (Italy), the pest broke out and began to decimate the population.

Those who could afford it left Ferrara for the countryside in order to avoid contagion. The poor remained in town and the epidemic wiped out complete families.

The municipality hired men to remove the sick from their houses and transport them to a closed camp outside the city wall, where they would be abandoned to die.

Paracelsus, who was still a medical student, soon understood that medieval treatments, such as bleeding patients, were ineffective against the pest.

To be continued in the next post.


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