Don’t Count Your Children Until They’ve Had the POX!- the story so far

Can We Now Count Our Children?

Whatever happened to the Great Plague of the middle ages; a disease we never had any medical interventions for? Although, back in the day, protection was adopted by visiting doctors who attended the sick – the mask with the beak of a bird was filled with various herb potions and if the afflicted didn’t die from the plague, surely they would have died of fright at the sight of such a vision on one’s sick bed…

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Part Four (of Don’t Count Your Children Until They’ve had the POX Series) Typhus: Filling in the Gaps

A History of Epidemics in Britain, Volume II

… The best illustrations of the greater severity and fatality of typhus among the well to do come from Ireland, in times of famine…

But it may be said here, so that this point in the natural history of typhus fever may not be suspected of exaggeration, that the enormously greater fatality of typhus (of course, in a smaller number of cases) among the richer classes in the Irish famines, who had exposed themselves in the work of administration, of justice, or of charity, rests upon the unimpeachable authority of such men as Graves, and upon the concurrent evidence of many…

Creighton, C., (1894, 189)

Part Three (of ‘Don’t Count Your Children Until They’ve Had The POX!’) The Many ‘Typhoid Marys…’

Refusing Quarantine: Why Typhoid Mary Did It

Health officials lost track of her for a few years, but found her again in the midst of another typhoid outbreak, this time at a Manhattan maternity hospital where 25 people, mostly doctors and nurses, were infected. Mary had been cooking there under a fake name, but fled before health officials could catch her. They traced her to a house in Queens, where they had to sneak in through a second-story window, using a ladder, to apprehend her, according to the Times report on the event…

Don’t Count your children until they’ve had the Pox: Weekly Series Intro & Part One.

INTRODUCTION

 Can We Now Count Our Children?

Whatever happened to the Great Plague of the middle ages; a disease we never had any medical interventions for? Although, back in the day, protection was adopted by visiting doctors who attended the sick – the mask with the beak of a bird was filled with various herb potions and if the afflicted didn’t die from the plague, surely they would have died of fright at the sight of such a vision on one’s sick bed…