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Why did 17th-century plague doctors wear peculiar beaked masks?

The beaked masks from the 17th century

The beaked masks from the 17th century

During the 17th century plague, doctors were said to have worn long cloak, grotesque bird-like mask, a wide-brimmed hat, and wooden cane, serving as protection against the odors coming from the plague. It was a particular sight for sure.

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Why did 17th-century plague doctors wear peculiar beaked masks?

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The beaked masks from the 17th century

During the 17th century plague, doctors were said to have worn long cloak, grotesque bird-like mask, a wide-brimmed hat, and wooden cane, serving as protection against the odors coming from the plague. It was a particular sight for sure.

The doubtful existence of the beaked mask 

While today one can still find a lot of images on the way doctors were dressed during the 17th-century plague in Italy, the same cannot be said about England. Here there is no evidence about such a costume to have ever been worn.

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