Learn about the history of The Bubonic Plague with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.Bubonic plague is widely regarded as being responsible for two of the most infamous plagues in recorded history - the Black Death in the mid-fourteenth century and the Great Plague of London in 1665.
The causative organism of modern-day plague was discovered independently in 1894 by two bacteriologists: the Swiss born Dr. Alexandre Yersin and Dr. Shibasaburo Kitasato from Japan. Both were conducting research in Hong Kong during the third plague pandemic then occurring in Asia. Kitasato was working with the backing of the British authorities and had access to autopsies of plague victims at Kennedy Town Hospital. Yersin had to make do with a straw hut and was bribing grave diggers to allow him to cut samples from corpses prior to burial. Yersin was the first to correctly identify the plague bacillus, initially naming it Pasteurella pestis in honor of his French patron, Louis Pasteur.
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The Bubonic Plague was responsible for the largest wide-scale infection in history when it swept throughout Europe in the 14th century and killing a third of the human population. Several deadly outbreaks would occur in the next few centuries, including the Great Plague of London in the 17th century and Asia's Third Pandemic in the 19th century. This iMinds title recounts the history and science behind the disease, and Elouise Rothwell gives a compelling performance. As the music behind her becomes unnerving, Rothwell maintains a stoic authority over the material, which only makes the subject matter even more uncomfortable.
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