My wife is quite excited, because the Matt Damon and Kate Winslet film Contagion is about to come to our local Red Box. She loves a good mystery, especially one that involves mass epidemics. It seems that every few years we recycle the idea of a massive outbreak (think Outbreak, for instance). Perhaps outbreaks frighten us because they have happened so devastatingly in the past and, we fear, could happen again. It's only fitting, too, that this post follows Kevin's on Jonathan Edwards ... who, sadly, died after taking a smallpox inoculation as part of an effort to convince others that inoculations would prevent future outbreaks.
|Europeans knew plagues too - Bubonic plague|