During the Middle Ages, around the mid-14th century, the Black Death was a pandemic outbreak that swept all across Asia and Europe and killed an estimated 25 million people. It is the plague that lingered for centuries after and continued to infect men and women alike, particularly those residing in cities. Medieval physicians were hardly equipped for the horrendous reality of the Black Death. They were ill prepared for treating the disease or its unpleasant symptoms--which could include fever, chills, vomiting, blood and pus seeping from strange swelling, terrible aches and pains, and more. The Black Death was terrifying, incredibly contagious, and, more often than not, led to death (hence the name the Black Death).