Worn during the middle ages, the beak was thought to protect the doctor from the plague.

Anatomy of 14th Century Bubonic Plague Hazmat Suits

Worn during the middle ages, the beak was thought to protect the doctor from the plague.

A Black Leather.bird mask.  Why is it scary?  It certainly looks creepy, and not without reason.  During the Black Plague, Italian doctors wore these to keep from inhaling airborne contaminants.  Bubonic plague had a sister virus called pneumonic plague, which was airborne, and therefore twice as deadly.  In those days they didn't know viruses worked, but they understood contagion!

Plague Doctor Hat in Black Leather

A Black Leather.bird mask. Why is it scary? It certainly looks creepy, and not without reason. During the Black Plague, Italian doctors wore these to keep from inhaling airborne contaminants. Bubonic plague had a sister virus called pneumonic plague, which was airborne, and therefore twice as deadly. In those days they didn't know viruses worked, but they understood contagion!

Plague Mask. Masks are used to bring in the spirits, the shaman goes into a trance and the spirit dances his or her body.

Plague Mask. Masks are used to bring in the spirits, the shaman goes into a trance and the spirit dances his or her body.

circus performer story idea - "The stork," a man who is in the circus because of a deformity, but has the most pure and romantic heart of all, and falls in love with someone whom he is too shy to speak to

circus performer story idea - "The stork," a man who is in the circus because of a deformity, but has the most pure and romantic heart of all, and falls in love with someone whom he is too shy to speak to

A medicina do passado em 25 fotos arrepiantes e históricas que todos devem ver

A medicina do passado em 25 fotos arrepiantes e históricas que todos devem ver

BB: 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.

The Plague Doctor’s Garb « Grand Gallimaufry

The Plague Doctor’s Garb

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