During the Black Death & the Great Plague, doctors who visited plague victims donned a mask which resembled a vulture's beak with glass eye openings & two small nose holes. It served as a type of respirator & contained aromatic items such as dried flowers, spices, herbs, or a vinegar sponge. Historians have attributed the invention of the "beak doctor" costume to Charles de Lorme, who adopted the full head-to-toe protective garment in 1619, modeled after a soldier's armour.
1. Durante la plaga bubónica, varios doctores usaban estos atuendos para tratar a sus pacientes. Los llamaban "Los médicos de la peste negra", su traje consistía en varias prendas de cuero y una especie de pico donde almacenaban hierbas aromáticas que "purificaban" el aire, y supuestamente los mantenían a salvo de la peste.
During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.