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Thursday, August 2, A.D. 2012
Bubonic Plague Survivor

The Daily Mail has a fascinating story, with pictures, of a man who has survived the plague: “Man develops BUBONIC PLAGUE from stray cat bite and narrowly escapes death… but will have fingers and toes amputated.” I feel sorry for the man, and I wish him well in his recovery, but I reacted to this story with more “wow” than “poor fellow.” We all learn about the black plague in history books, but it is pretty interesting to see it in action. Look at his hands. Our ancestors saw such hands everywhere. The image reifies the fourteenth century’s fears, does it not?

Posted by Joseph on Thursday, August 2, Anno Domini 2012
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