Plague doctor...the "beak" would contain herbs that would help to protect the Doctor from contracting the disease. It was basically useless...of course they didn't realize how disease was spread and the different methods of cross contamination, etc...
The Middle Ages - The Black Death Print
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map of the Black Death
Medieval depiction of death and the deaths he/it has caused due to the Black Death
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The Black Death, 1348: Coming out of the East, the Black Death reached the shores of Italy in the spring of 1348 unleashing a rampage of death across Europe unprecedented in recorded history. By the time the epidemic played itself out three years later, anywhere between 25% and 50% of Europe's population had fallen victim to the pestilence.
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A rather sad image as the mother and older sibling look on in horror as death takes away the youngest. Mother is cooking a simple meal over a fire. Holbein, Hans. "The Dance of Death." Woodcut, before 1538. Facsimile, London, 1892. Annotated by Shona Kelly Wray.