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Plague doctor

Bartholin, Thomas Hafniae, 1654-1661 Historiarum anatomicarum... - 165-?

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Person wearing a hat, a mask suggestive of a bird beak, goggles or glasses, and a long gown. The clothing identifies the person as a "plague doctor" and is intended as protection. Descriptions indicate that the gown was made from heavy fabric or leather and was usually waxed. The beak contained pungent substances like herbs or perfumes, thought at the time to purify the air and helpful in relieving the stench. The person also carries a pointer or rod to keep patients at a distance.

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<p>Person wearing a hat, a mask suggestive of a bird beak, goggles or glasses, and a long gown.  The clothing identifies the person as a "plague doctor" and is intended as protection.  Descriptions indicate that the gown was made from heavy fabric or leather and was usually waxed.  The beak contained pungent substances like herbs or perfumes, thought at the time to purify the air and helpful in relieving the stench.  The person also carries a pointer or rod to keep patients at a distance.</p>
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Plague doctor

Bartholin, Thomas Hafniae, 1654-1661 Historiarum anatomicarum... - 165-?

<p>Person wearing a hat, a mask suggestive of a bird beak, goggles or glasses, and a long gown.  The clothing identifies the person as a "plague doctor" and is intended as protection.  Descriptions indicate that the gown was made from heavy fabric or leather and was usually waxed.  The beak contained pungent substances like herbs or perfumes, thought at the time to purify the air and helpful in relieving the stench.  The person also carries a pointer or rod to keep patients at a distance.</p>
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PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION / EXTENT: 1 print : woodcut.

ABSTRACT

Person wearing a hat, a mask suggestive of a bird beak, goggles or glasses, and a long gown. The clothing identifies the person as a "plague doctor" and is intended as protection. Descriptions indicate that the gown was made from heavy fabric or leather and was usually waxed. The beak contained pungent substances like herbs or perfumes, thought at the time to purify the air and helpful in relieving the stench. The person also carries a pointer or rod to keep patients at a distance.

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