LAMP DOCTOR REVIEWS AIR DOCTORS QUICKLY DISCOVERED THE BLACK PIECE AND THEN PULLED THE DRAIN The first time I heard about the Black Plague, it was in the early 1800s.
I’d heard about it a few times in my college years and knew it was a plague, but I’d never seen it.
The Black Plague is a disease of people who have contracted it from infected animals or insects.
It can cause severe and often fatal diarrhea and vomiting.
It was first documented in 1808 and quickly spread around Europe and North America.
When the first documented cases appeared in the mid-1820s, there were around 100 cases, with deaths estimated at 30 percent.
By the end of the year, the number had grown to 1,000 and the disease had spread to almost every continent except Antarctica.
In the late 1830s, the disease was classified as a “bacillus” or a “cluster” of viruses that were capable of transmitting and causing diseases.
Eventually, the term “bacterial” was introduced to describe these new viruses, which are considered “bacteria.”
In this image, you can see the pathologist who examined the black plague victim.
(Wikimedia Commons) When I heard the Black Pandemic was in progress, I went to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to get my hands on a sample.
I was curious about the virus and how it was spreading.
But the lab was closed.
I didn’t get to see it for a couple of months.
I saw a news article on a news website that reported the virus had been discovered in the air.
Then, in early February 1831, the Black pandemic hit the American west coast.
The pandemic wiped out large swaths of the population.
There were reports of thousands dying in the US alone.
In these two pictures, you see a man and a woman in the carriage that carried the dead from Pittsburgh to New York.
(Courtesy of the Library of Congress) The man is the physician who treated the black patient.
He died of the disease.
(Wikileaks via Wikimedia Commons) The woman was the doctor who treated other victims of the Black plague.
She died in the quarantine of New York City.
(WikiLeaks via Wikimedia Commons) The first cases were in 1828 in the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spread to New England and across the continent.
By the end, there had been around 30,000 cases of the pandemic and the mortality rate was around 80 percent.
I was in New York in 1831 and I was a medical student in the department of pathology.
I had worked with the medical examiner’s office and had seen cases of other infectious diseases and diseases that had spread in Europe.
I thought, “This is going to be an interesting disease.”
The first symptoms were diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain.
This picture is of a patient who died from the Black Plagues diarrhea and pain.
(Library of Congress via Wikimedia commons) Then in 1833, the New York Times reported on a case in Boston that involved a person who contracted the Black plagues diarrhea.
He died within three weeks.
At the time, the epidemic was thought to be isolated to the Boston area.
The Black Plague had not yet spread into Canada or Europe.
As the Black disease spread in the United States, the American government issued quarantine laws.
This picture shows the patient who contracted a Black Plague fever and died in quarantine at a hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1841.
(Public Domain) In the early 1850s, a case of the Plague was reported in the New England region.
Around the same time, there was another pandemic that affected the New Orleans area.
In June 1852, about 300 cases of Black Plague were reported in New England, New York and Pennsylvania.
When the New Year’s Eve outbreak hit, there is a picture of a New York woman who was sick with the Black Pox in the 1850s.
This is the woman who died of Black Poxy in the 1840s.
( Public Domain ) The Plague spread in every region of the country, but the worst was in North America where it killed about two-thirds of the US population.
The Plague killed roughly 50 percent of all the people.
For more than three years, the US government and the public blamed the Black Diseases on the Spanish and Portuguese for the epidemic.
But a review of medical records from the outbreak reveals that there was no direct connection between the Spanish-American War and the Black diseases.
The Black pandemics had a genetic component.
I knew that, but no one ever asked me. It was not