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Authentic plague doctor mask, 14th century, Germany

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Medical clothing worn during time of plague, 1819, Marseille. Plague Doctors would carry a stick or staff as part of their uniform to fend off any infected person who came to close.

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What we thought we knew is wrong. The Black Death arrived in Britain from central Asia in the autumn of 1348 and by late spring the following year it had killed six out of every 10 people in London. Such a rate of destruction would kill five million now. Researchers extracted plague DNA from 14th century skulls found in east London and evidence suggests a different cause: only an airborne infection could have spread so fast and killed so quickly. A pneumonic rather than a bubonic plague.

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Plague Masks. They thought these would keep them from getting plague. Probably made those tripping out from fever go a little faster.

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Pope Gregory the Great leads a litany procession in Rome in 590, praying for an end to the first pandemic plague. This miniature from the Tres Riches Heures of the duc de Berry (early 15th century) was painted by Pol Limbourg, whose brothers Hermann and Jan, witnessed similar proceedings in Paris during the Black Death.

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Plague doctor, 1656, uncredited. "A primitive gas mask in the shape of a bird’s beak. It was believed that the plague was spread by birds and that by dressing in a bird-like mask, the wearer could draw the plague away from the patient and onto the garment. The mask also included red glass eyepieces, which were thought to make the wearer impervious to evil. The beak was often filled with strongly aromatic herbs and spices to overpower the miasmas or “bad air” thought to carry the plague.

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Medieval doctor masks... worn during the Great Plague

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Psalter of Bonne de Luxembourg 'Three Living and Three Dead' Jean Le Noir, Paris c.1348-49

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Bubonic plague victims of 14th century London, uncovered in the 1980s in an excavation at the Old Royal Mint. Photograph: Rex Features

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The Barbary Plague. The Black Death in Victorian San Francisco. -- Marilyn Chase.

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Black Death, the plague wiped out nearly one-third of western Europe's population between 1348 and 1350. The plague had a huge impact on all areas of society. It made many people question the authority of the Catholic Church, which had been unable to protect victims from the plague. #Historic #Health

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Uniform of doctors tending patients during the outbreaks of bubonic plague; the "beak" kept them from breathing in infected air, hence the phrase a "quack doctor."

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