Cattle Plagues Past and Present: The Mystery of Mad Cow Disease

  title={Cattle Plagues Past and Present: The Mystery of Mad Cow Disease},
  author={John Robert Fisher},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary History},
  pages={215 - 228}
  • J. Fisher
  • Published 1 April 1998
  • History
  • Journal of Contemporary History
Bubonic plague has erupted on a global scale a number of times in the past two millennia, in Europe most dramatically in the Black Death of the fourteenth century. Its impact then was profound for two predominant reasons. It killed between a third and a half of the population and its origins and dissemination were mysteries which persisted for centuries.' The impact of bubonic plague was so great as to lead to a second, popular definition of plague 'an affliction, calamity, evil, a "scourge… 
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