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Cohn's Alternative Theory

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The bubonic plague theory represents a consensus based on ample material evidence and studies by numerous fine and outstanding scholars and researchers. Cohn's monograph is primarily characterized by a furious attack on the bubonic plague theory of historical plague and only marginally by the development of an alternative theory, since he is unable to identify and present in a testable form an alternative disease known to modern microbiology or medicine. The unique feature of latency periods is also inexplicable in terms of Cohn's alternative theory or any other alternative theory based on interhuman cross-infection. Cohn's alternative theory of the microbiological nature of historical plague can be rejected or invalidated on a number of independent grounds, since it is incompatible with methodological, medical, epidemiological, microbiological and other types of ordinary empirical premises.

Keywords: bubonic plague theory; Cohn's alternative theory; microbiological nature



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