Saturday, April 25, 2015

Lazaretto! Rock and Roll and Infectious Diseases

It is not often that a rock and roll song has a title related to infectious diseases. I got to thinking about this as I spun Jack White's latest LP on my home office turntable. 

Below is the video for the Jack White song, Lazaretto, in reference to historical hospitals (Lazarettos) for the quarantine of infectious diseases, such as plague victims in Venice. 

For a scholarly read on quarantine and lazarettos, click here

Another ID minded song should be mentioned, Cat Scratch Fever, by Ted Nugent. Not my favorite musical artist but noteworthy anyway.


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