BLACK DEATH TAKES NO PRISONERS 

 A Tribute to this famous dog appears in central park, NYC.

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Almost everyone grows up hearing and learning various nursery rhymes, such as Jack and Jill, or Peter Peter, Pumpkin Eater, and many well known others. As the name suggests, they are rhymes taught and recited to the delight of young children when they are still young enough to be in the “nursery” that was part of most homes for a very long time. The visual imagery created by these stories is so vivid, such as three blind mice running away from a madwoman with a knife, while Jack makes a wild leap over a flaming candle. Or all of the wild concept in “Hey Diddle Diddle” telling of a cat with a fiddle and a cow jumping over the moon.

 

But what most people may not know is that these nursery rhymes find their origins in real - and sometimes - horrifying historical events and situations.  As this book will suggest, perhaps one will never think of the nursery rhyme “Ring Around a Rosy” the same way ever again.

 

No doctor's advice, no medicine could overcome or alleviate this disease, An enormous number of ignorant men and women set up as doctors in addition to those who were trained. Either the disease was such that no treatment was possible or the doctors were so ignorant that they did not know what caused it, and consequently could not administer the proper remedy. In any case very few recovered; most people died within about three days of the appearance of the tumours described above, most of them without any fever or other symptoms.

Many cartoons about this dreaded event, depict skeletons dancing in a death waltz.

Back in January of 1925 there seemed to be an outbreak of tonsillitis in Nome – except tonsillitis is rarely fatal. Nome’s sick children were dying. With more research into the symptoms of the children, Dr. Curtis Welch realized Nome was on the brink of an epidemic that could take as many lives as the influenza of 1918! What he thought and hoped was only tonsillitis was deadly diphtheria. Nome needed anti-toxin to cure those who were sick and prevent the disease from spreading – sooner rather than later.

BALTO's Team Preparing for the Serum Run.

No doctor's advice, no medicine could overcome or alleviate this disease, An enormous number of ignorant men and women set up as doctors in addition to those who were trained. Either the disease was such that no treatment was possible or the doctors were so ignorant that they did not know what caused it, and consequently could not administer the proper remedy. In any case very few      recovered; most people died within about three days of the appearance of the tumours described above, most of them without any fever or other symptoms.

The dog was the bravest of them all.