There are several aims of this study. One goal is to consider the multi-dimensional nature of disease as both a scientific and biological phenomenon but also as a socially constructed event. The second goal is to identify the ways in which the Black Death was socially constructed according to Peter Conrad and Kristin Barker’s theoretical approach and using Piers Mitchell’s methodological approach. The final goal is to illustrate these concepts and their consequences through a series of journal entries written through the perspective of Guy de Chauliac, physician to Pope Clement VI during the 1348 outbreak in Avignon.


Kardulias, Nick

Second Advisor

Ng, Margaret


History; Sociology and Anthropology


Archaeological Anthropology | Creative Writing | Diseases | European History | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Medical Humanities | Medicine and Health | Medieval History | Social and Cultural Anthropology | Theory, Knowledge and Science


Black Death, Guy de Chauliac, Epidemiology, Paleopathology, Symbolic Interactionism, Social Constructionism, Avignon, France, Plague, Medicine, History of Medicine, Social construction of illness

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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