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    • Danielle McVicar

      Plague Masks worn by medieval plague doctors the "beak" like extension in the mask was filled with scented items: " Some of the scented materials wereambergris, balm-mint leaves, camphor,cloves, laudanum, myrrh, rose petals,storax. This was thought to protect the doctor from miasmatic bad air" http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_doctor

    • Lucy Ke

      Plague doctor masks. Creepy on so many levels...>>> The beaks were made to hold herbs that would protect the doctors from inhaling the foul air around each patient.

    • Canaan Cole

      Masks worn by doctors during the Plague. The protective suit of the plague doctor consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed, a mask with glass eye openings and a cone nose shaped like a beak to hold scented substances and straw. I love how dark this is though

    • Nichol Miller

      Creepy and intersteing! 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 doctor’s 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.

    • Maria Schreiber Sulentic

      I remember learning about this in my history class's plague art unit: Plague Masks -doctors used to wear these thinking that they protected them from contracting the disease.

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