Adrian V. Cole
Apr 1, 2020 · 17 min read

How Humans Adapt: Plague, Government, and the Rise of Science

Throughout ancient history rapacious diseases have repeatedly devastated populations — in many cases proving that bacteria and viruses are far more of a threat than human violence or malfeasance. But throughout history the human response to pandemics evolved, as we learned, sometimes in small ways, sometimes large, how to protect ourselves better. Even in the Medieval European world, the battle against the plague was not…