Economic Effects Of The Black Death

Economics is essentially the study of how people create, trade, and use goods and services. People need certain things and to have certain things done, and others provide these through their labor, at a price. Those who demand, or need, these goods and services are willing to pay for them, and they pay more for them when their need or desire for them is great or when the supply of them is small. The Black Death killed both those who demanded goods and services and those who supplied them, but...

The Black Death and Medieval Medicine

When the Plague struck the West in the middle years of the fourteenth century, no one really knew how to prevent or treat the disease. Many thought they did, but no diet or bloodletting or prayers or concoctions proved successful. The culture's intellectual framework for dealing with illness was deeply flawed, and therefore the various guesses people made based upon it were flawed. From 1348 to 1500 many physicians, Muslim and Christian, wrote treatises on the Plague, and scores of these...