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

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

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.    A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

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...

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...

Plague mask. Filled with herbs and spices, thought to protect against the black plague.

Plague mask. Filled with herbs and spices, thought to protect against the black plague.

Bubonic Plague Figurine, Turku Castle, Finland Ring around the rosies...the plague will get you!

Bubonic Plague Figurine, Turku Castle, Finland Ring around the rosies...the plague will get you!

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