London skeletons reveal secrets of the Black Death

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  • Floyd Johnson Broken Arrow, OK
    March 31, 2014 10:29 a.m.

    Strange that my cuckoo clock went off while I was reading GaryO's post.

    I found this an interesting and well written article. I was unaware that plague still existed, and I am going to do some additional research to determine which antibiotics (and, thanks to Gary, which governments supported the development of those medications) are effective in their treatment.

    The topic coincidentally corresponds with a book I just finished by Stark, "The Rise of Christianity." He takes the position that plague (among other factors) provided an environment which supported the growth of the early christian church.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    March 31, 2014 8:00 a.m.

    There was plenty of "government" back in those days. It just came in another form, strong monarchy or dictatorship. That is why the founders of our nation spent many long hot days hammering out The United States Constitution, which made government strong where it needed to be, but limited so citizens could enjoy free agency. The wisdom of the founding fathers has allowed incredible innovations in health care, now threatened by government involvement in health care.

    As far as "elder care," there were people who enjoyed longevity, and were cared for by family members. I doubt very much that a government controlled health care plan would have helped much during the black plague. The disease was simply too poorly understood, and out of control.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 31, 2014 6:56 a.m.

    Back in the good ol' days when government did not intercede in the lives individuals with socialist concerns like the environment, clean water sources and sewage systems and horribly intrusive social programs like free inoculations, the school lunch program, OSHA, medicaid, and gasp! the Affordable Care Act, you had the FREEDOM to literally work your fingers to the bone for some robber baron. Back in those days before government intercession, one could be FREE to starve along with his peers, before dying from any of a plenitude of diseases.

    Of course, that completely eliminated the necessity for elder care, because very few people ever lived long enough to be old. See how well everything could work out if we just kept government out of the way?

    And now, so many modern "Conservatives" want to return back to the days when a lack of government kept life so much simpler . . . and shorter.

    Gosh, I hope they don't get their way.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    March 30, 2014 8:22 p.m.

    This is a fascinating and well written article. We need to feel extremely blessed that our lives are not so bleak, to be ended by a plague so horrible that most of the victims did not even have care and compassion in their last days.