Aztec Disease

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The major diseases that affected the people in this assigned population and time period are small pox, measles, malaria, influenza, typhus and numerous of other diseases that killed thousands of people often in tandem. Nonetheless, with the foreigner’s arrival the course of history change; to begin with, the aching bones, high fever, burning chest, abdominal pain, consumption, and the headaches all erupted as signs, symptoms, and threats to mortality (Anderson, 2007, p. 148). However, an ancient idea regarding the causation and spread of diseases contemplated that air did not act as a medium for the spread of disease; rather air itself contained miasma or pollutant. Still, medical science deals with the human body in terms of health and its…show more content…
For example: the transformation of the fetus into a monster if they witness an eclipse, because eclipses are synonymous to miscarriages, sickly babies being the product of excessive sexual intercourse during pregnancy, and damaging the fetus by observing frightening sights, lifting heavy objects, and excessively hot sweat baths (Phillips, 2012, p. 352) Social stability cultivated a highly centralized administration of the Aztec Empire. A number of public health services, such as clean streets, safe drinking water, garbage and sewage removal and disposal of the dead resulted from this administration. They were very clean in terms of hygiene. Due to the importance of the expansion and conquering of new land and the needs to feed a growing population the average diet was minimal and famine was common. However, state run granaries lessened the famine threat famine and eliminated food scarcities (Harvey, 1981). The geographic location of this culture is on a marshy island in Lake Texcoco according to legend the Aztecs settled at a place where they saw an eagle perched on a cactus with a snake in its mouth. They took this as a sign from their gods to m there. The Aztecs called the place Tenochtitlan, which means place of the cactus. The insignificant colonization of these people grew, and in the 15th century they gradually built up a large
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