Plague Doctors

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 protective suit consisted of a heavy fabric overcoat that was waxed. A wooden cane pointer was used to help examine the patient without touching. [from Wikipedia]

8 Responses to “Plague Doctors”

  1. (Pokes you with a stick)
    “…Yep you’re gonna die, should have smelled some roses.”

  2. Brilliant blog you have here. Just came across it by happenstance when looking for a bit of inspiration in the dress of the doctors during the time of the Black Plague, but I’ve taken my whole night, tonight, to read through each post and bookmark all the video links for later.

    Is there anywhere a reader can submit you material?

    • thanks for your support and comment. there is no official way to submit material or ideas for posts. the best way to send me ideas, as others have done, is simply by leaving them in the form of comments. i read every comment and i encourage suggestions!

  3. i had a dream of the plague doctor but he had red eyes and his beak was long with a black coat:/ i thought it was death i was dreaming about.

    • I’ve never heard of this plauge doctor before, but last night I dreamt that I was sitting on the side of a street where a man drove past in a 1940s hearse, then came back again on a 1906 black hearse in which was pulled by the 1940s hearse, he just looked straight ahead, I didn’t feel scared, he wore a black cloak aswell, I thought he was death aswell until I looked up “crow mask” and stumbled apon the “plauge doctor”…

  4. octavio ponce Says:

    is very rare dream of something unknown, but it really existed. honestly I gladly read …

  5. …This is without a doubt the most brilliant website I have ever come across! I applaud you for the research and thought that brought these ideas to light! Awesome!

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