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The Black Death and the Transformation of the West

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A trio of books on the Black Death and its impact on western civilisation.

Illustration of the Black Death from the Toggenburg Bible (1411)The mobilising and paradoxical power of medicine cannot escape any observer of the contemporary world. We live at a time when we are healthier and live longer than ever before. Yet inequalities remain. Despite increasing healthcare provision those at the bottom of the social ladder continue to be in worse health than those at the top. Moreover, antibiotics, once heralded as the means to eradicate infectious disease, are useless to fight the scourge of increasingly drug-resistant germs. Tuberculosis, once assumed conquered, is also rearing its ugly head again. Furthermore, new lethal diseases, such as AIDS and Ebola fever, threaten to undermine the advance that modern medicine appears to have achieved.

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