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The Black Death Plague Doctor: A plague doctor was a special medical physician who saw those who had the Bubonic Plague. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection.

The masks of the plague doctors. Designed to protect the wearer from the putrid air (the believed cause of the disease at the time), the beaks were filled with aromatic items.