BOT­TLED WIND

History Revealed - - TOP TEN -

Do two wrongs make a right? The Black Death rav­aged Europe dur­ing the mid-14th cen­tury, killing an es­ti­mated 25 mil­lion peo­ple. To­day, we know that the bubonic plague was a dis­ease spread by rat-borne fleas, but at the time ev­ery­thing from the wrath of God to bad smells in the air was blamed. Peo­ple were ad­vised to coun­ter­act this with foul odours of their own. Trap­ping wind in a jar was thought to pro­tect them from con­tract­ing the dis­ease.

Blood­let­ting was not only or the ill: some folk opted to be bled reg­u­larly as a pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sure

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