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Cholera | A Victory for Public Health Research

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In the early- to mid-19th century, cholera tore through England, killing tens of thousands. The prevailing scientific theory of the day said that the disease was...

Smallpox | A European Disease Ravages the New World

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Smallpox was endemic to Europe, Asia and Arabia for centuries, a persistent menace that killed three out of ten people it infected and left...

The Great Plague of London | Sealing Up the Sick

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London never really caught a break after the Black Death. The plague resurfaced roughly every 10 years from 1348 to 1665—40 outbreaks in just...

Black Death | The Invention of Quarantine

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The plague never really went away, and when it returned 800 years later, it killed with reckless abandon. The Black Death, which hit Europe in...

Plague of Justinian | No One Left to Die

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Three of the deadliest pandemics in recorded history were caused by a single bacterium, Yersinia pestis, a fatal infection otherwise known as the plague.The Plague...

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