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Get Well Soon

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Jennifer Wright

Humanity has been plagued with numerous deadly diseases throughout history. While these stories can be captivating, it's equally crucial to draw lessons from our past. Governments and communities should remain vigilant about potential threats, and when diseases do emerge, officials must react with openness, empathy, and science-backed remedies. In such circumstances, superstition, bias, or censorship have no place. Leaving raw onions around your house won't prevent diseases. In the past, due to the misconception that foul odors were responsible for the spread of the bubonic plague, some individuals believed that placing onions in their homes would improve indoor air quality and ward off the plague. This practice proved to be ineffective, yet surprisingly, beliefs regarding the health benefits of chopped onions persist to this day. As an example, the National Onion Association has a dedicated section in their FAQ on their website, explicitly stating that putting chopped onions around your house does not protect you from the disease!

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Get Well Soon provides an overview of human diseases and epidemics spanning from ancient times to the twentieth century, delving into the historical perspectives on various diseases and their treatments. The book also features people who contributed to the prevention and treatment of diseases, along with those who helped marginalized individuals afflicted by disease.

Book summary

Humanity has been plagued with numerous deadly diseases throughout history. While these stories can be captivating, it's equally crucial to draw lessons from our past. Governments and communities should remain vigilant about potential threats, and when diseases do emerge, officials must react with openness, empathy, and science-backed remedies. In such circumstances, superstition, bias, or censorship have no place. Leaving raw onions around your house won't prevent diseases. In the past, due to the misconception that foul odors were responsible for the spread of the bubonic plague, some individuals believed that placing onions in their homes would improve indoor air quality and ward off the plague. This practice proved to be ineffective, yet surprisingly, beliefs regarding the health benefits of chopped onions persist to this day. As an example, the National Onion Association has a dedicated section in their FAQ on their website, explicitly stating that putting chopped onions around your house does not protect you from the disease!

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Saint Vitus shouldn’t be the inspiration for your dance moves.

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Nobody understood the cause of the plague, and it was often treated in an odd way.

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Spanish colonialists received assistance in their conquests from the smallpox virus.

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Compassion, not isolation, offers support to individuals affected with leprosy.

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To prevent cholera, keep your water source separate from your sewage trench.

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