I had never made buboes
before, which is what they called the plague swellings.
The swellings-called buboes
(BYOO-bohs)-- grew hard, oozed blood and pus, and eventually burst.
Referring to wayward and prideful women, the author argues that "God sends them other miserable and terrible fates, landing them in hospitals with buboes
, sores, and miseries which humble them back to earth and bring them to the point of desperation.
Bubonic plague that results in buboes
in lymph nodes, which are enlarged nodules, that later turn black, hence the historically significant name "Black Plague" or "Black Death";
The stench of calloused and picked-at buboes
, burst from flagellation, rises.
The classic form involves infection of the inguinal lymphatics and lymph nodes, resulting in buboes
that can make walking difficult.
Bubonic plague, the form transmitted by fleas, is so named due to the large oval buboes
formed at the lymph node near the flea bite (such as in the groin or the armpit).
One week later and my buboes
have all but disappeared, although I'm none the wiser as to why they arrived in the first place.
Only about a sixth of the contemporary sources studied by Cohn mention skin disorders ("spots" or boils), but large buboes
, generally in the groin area where fleas bite, are the typical sign of modern plague.
A diagnosis of bubonic plague is supported by the appalling mortality rate and the disease's ability to sustain its virulence through the winter, but the lack of the necessary population density or any mention of the characteristic buboes
weaken this case significantly.