Plague in Venice (30 Mar)

This doorway marked the main entrance to the isolation hospital on the island of Lazzaretto Vecchio. (Credit: Powermelon/Wikimedia Commons)

The black plague killed nearly 25 million people throughout Europe in the mid-14th century. Venice formulated a unique and systematic approach to that pandemic, which resembles our contemporary one. It included systematic quarantine on outlying islands in the lagoon and a consciousness of air-borne infection. Together with Craig Martin we are discussing specific treatments in relation to ventilation.

Contributed by: Haseeb Ahmed