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Common Childhood Diseases in the 1630s, Part 1: Fevers with Rashes

Common Childhood Diseases in the 1630s, Part 1: Fevers with Rashes

One of the greatest limitations on population growth in the 1630s (both OTL and NTL), and in the Third World today, is the number of children who die before their tenth birthday. The emotional and physical toll on the parents (especially the mothers) was literally...

The Red Menace: Latency

  Wednesday, 28 November, 1635 Grantville High School Gymnasium, 1500 hours. Caspar Weybrecht’s forehand smash had the shuttlecock shooting through the air straight at Anna Krause. It was only by virtue of her lightning reflexes that she was able to get her...

A Night with Venus: STIs and Their Treatment in the 1630s, Part One

Sexually transmitted infections (formerly called venereal diseases) caused a surprising amount of discomfort, loss of fertility, madness and even death in the early modern era. There was a lack of understanding of the diseases, of the corresponding public health...