Plague Mask (From Last Danish Plague):
Plague Mask Facts:
- Bird's beak shaped face mask worn by Plague Doctors initially from the Black Death.
- Possibly acted like a primitive gas mask.
- Common belief at the time that the plague was spread by birds and possibly that the mask would draw the disease away from the suffer.
- Contained red glass eye pieces which may have helped to protect the plague doctor from evil influences.
- The beak of the mask usually contained strongly aromatic herbs and spices.
- These additions to the beak may have helped reduce bad odours - terrible stench of unburied corpses and fluids from ill plague patients ie buboes etc.
- Some have suggested that the bird like appearance of the masks may have led to the origin of the term 'Quack' for medical practitioners (most likely wrong).
- The Plague (Bubonic Plague, Yersinia pestis)
- Professor Malcolm Casadaban (1949-2009, RIP)
- Plague Mask
- Plague Doctor (Medical History)
- Black Death (Bubonic Plague)
- Bubonic Plague Famous Deaths
- The Real Mary Kings Close (Edinburgh)
- Black Death (Bubonic Plague) Spread in Europe 1347-1351
Image Credits (flickr): Top Image andreas_krautwald (cc); Top Right Image jaggitha (cc); Tourist Mask by twenty_questions (cc)
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