Primitive Practices, A Prologue

As I've just written down the title to this blog I'm sitting here chuckling to myself because I rarely read the prologue to a book. I'm sure there are many of you out there cursing my neglect of critical information. I promise you, I'm getting better. Disease and Society has just concluded their second unit. Allow this post to serve as a bit of a prologue to a much longer, project post. Though don't follow my shining example with regard to prologue material. Without this post, the later product post might be a bit unclear. Though the students did an exceptional job with the project, so maybe not. The focus of this investigation was strategies used to deal with epidemics prior to modern medicine. Students had the opportunity to investigate Leprosy, Smallpox, or Bubonic plague and create a podcast-supported museum display of tools that would have been used to treat these diseases before modern medicine. The products resulting from this iteration of the project were excellent. Like I said, they will be on full display in a later post. For now, however, we shall allow the student reflections from our weekly reporters serve as a short prologue to the coming project post and a window into some of the unit's activities. This time around we'll hear from Natalie Farrell, Elise Nunes, and Jeremy Rogel.

Natalie Begins:

This week in Disease and Society we worked hard on our second project of the semester. For this project we are to come up with 3 tangible tools that doctors might have used in medieval times, and what the working conditions were for three specific diseases. We could choose from Small Pox, Bubonic Plague, and/ or Leprosy. We got to work hard on their projects, but not without other assignments from Mr. Kite. We learned about different stigmas that the most feared diseases in history carried. We also looked at how these diseases would be treated back in those days. An obscure treatment that I found interesting was the use of “cat medicine”, which is essentially what it sounds like, to cure rabies, which was thought to be dog poisoning. They thought the essence of the cat, would cancel out the poison of the dog, since they are common enemies, though that didn’t quite work. We compared and contrasted our three project diseases to help us get a better understanding of them, and be able to help us with the project. This week in Disease and Society was actually pretty chill, and we got a lot accomplished.

Elise Continues:

During this week we worked on trying to get our projects together. We focused on the stigma of each disease. Which I found was really good, in ways as seeing what other diseases alongside mine are about. We learned a new disease this week "Monkey Pox" which was from eating bush meat. This happened in Africa, it is currently

Jeremy Concludes:

Today, on Monday the 10th of September, we debated about which disease we should choose if we were to choose one. The three options were leprosy, smallpox, and the bubonic plague. Surprisingly, no one picked smallpox, saying that it was a combination of the plague and leprosy. Surprisingly, however, they had a way to cure smallpox even back then. The two options that people chose were leprosy and the plague. I chose the plague because it will only take a week for it to kill you and you wouldn’t have to suffer through the physical and emotional damage that leprosy causes. Other people chose leprosy because you don’t necessarily die from it and you will live a lot longer then if you had the plague. It was a riveting debate between the two sides and everyone got a chance to discuss their thoughts and opinions. Overall, it was a pretty successful day in the life of disease and society.



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