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Plague doctor...the "beak" would contain herbs that would help to protect the Doctor from contracting the disease. It was basically useless...of course they didn't realize how disease was spread and the different methods of cross contamination, etc...

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A map of the progress of the bubonic plague in Europe during the 14th Century AD, by Sean Twiddy

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Plague Doctor Hat in Black Leather

A Black Leather.bird mask. Why is it scary? It certainly looks creepy, and not without reason. During the Black Plague, Italian doctors wore these to keep from inhaling airborne contaminants. Bubonic plague had a sister virus called pneumonic plague, which was airborne, and therefore twice as deadly. In those days they didn't know viruses worked, but they understood contagion!

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The Medicine Men during the Black Plague. The bird like beaks were meant to hold dried flowers (including roses and carnations), herbs (including mint), spices, camphor or a vinegar sponge, with the intent to counter the "evil" smells of the plague, and prevent contamination.

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