The plague is a highly infectious and deadly disease caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. It is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of infected fleas that live on rats and other rodents. The plague can take different forms, including bubonic, septicemic, and pneumonic. Symptoms include fever, chills, weakness, and swollen lymph nodes. Without proper treatment, the mortality rate for the plague can be very high. The plague has had devastating effects on human populations throughout history, including several pandemics that have killed millions of people. Today, the plague can be treated with antibiotics, but throughout history, humans have had some pretty bizarre “cures” for the plague. Let’s take a look at some of the most bizarre treatments for the plague in history.
Bloodletting was a common medical practice throughout history, and it was often used as a cure for the plague. The idea was that by removing a certain amount of blood from the body, the patient’s “imbalanced humors” would be restored to a healthy state. Thus, the disease would be cured. Bloodletting was often done by making small cuts in the skin. It was believed to help rid the body of toxins and impurities. Unfortunately, bloodletting was not an effective treatment for the plague. In many cases, it may have actually made the patient’s condition worse. The loss of blood weakened the body’s immune system, making it more susceptible to other infections. It also increased the risk of sepsis and other complications.