Plague doctors - They were second rate, under-trained physicians. Many were not doctors at all, but people of other employments paid by towns. Plague doctor images that we are familiar with was not seen until the 1600s when the traditional plague doctor costume was created: heavy fabric cloak covered in wax to protect the doctors body & a mask to keep out the sick air. Masks had a long cone shape at the nose filled with scents to protect the doctor from bad air. History, Creepy, Plague Masks, Plague Doctors, Art, Dark, Costume, Masks Worn, Doctors Masks
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Doctor during the plague years, an artistic depiction of their masks. "During the period of the Black Death and the Great Plague of London, plague doctors visited victims of the plague. A plague doctor's duties were often limited to visiting victims to verify whether they had been afflicted or not.
Nineteenth-century engraving of a plague doctor, based on the frontispiece of Jean-Jacques Manget, Traité de la peste: recueilli des meilleurs auteurs anciens et modernes, et enrichi de remarques et observations théoriques et pratiques : avec une table très ample des matières (Geneva: Philippe Planche, 1721). In the source it is used to illustrate an article on The Plague of Nimèguen, hence the caption.
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...