5 Black Plague Cures That Are Completely Crazy

Hayley Milliman

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If you didn’t know already, the Black Plague was pretty terrible.

It also wasn’t caused by cats, but that’s a story for another blog post. (A really good one, too! You should go read it after this one).

Anyways, yeah, the Black Plague was terrible. Thousands and thousands of people around the world died from this horrible illness and leaders of all shapes and sizes simply had no answer for how to stop its rampage across the world.

While we today have a better grip on how to stop pandemics (just stop eating the lettuce at Chipotle), people in the Middle Ages didn’t have easy access to CNN or WebMD. They had to rely on the cures their doctors gave them… cures that were, at best, really f***ing terrible. As in, so bad that I can’t believe any of them ever worked.

Without further ado, here are five of the craziest known “cures” for the Black Plague. Trust us – they’ll make you thank your doctor for the miracle of modern medicine the next time you see her or him.


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