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The Ethics Of Scholarly Work

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Plague research is blessed with several excellent standard works that bring together and synthesize the vast corpus of medical and historical studies on the disease written by outstanding medical scholars. According to Cohn's theory the Black Death was a viral disease which was spread effectively by interpersonal dissemination of the contagion, while he asserts that modern bubonic plague epidemics spread only exceedingly slowly by contact between contiguous rat colonies. E.H. Hankin was another leading British medical scientist who engaged in the study and combat of plague and who argued for the identity of the Black Death with modern bubonic plague in India. Notions of human inequality like ethnocentrism, chauvinism, xenophobia, and negative opinions with regard to people of other religions, social classes, and so on, are not racist, but relates to cultural and social notions of difference and inequality.

Keywords: Black Death; bubonic plague; Cohn; Hankin; racism



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