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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...

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A medicina do passado em 25 fotos arrepiantes e históricas que todos devem ver

Plague doctors in the and century wore these creepy masks to avoid breathing in putrid air, which they believed would cause infection. The beaks were filled with perfume. Popular scents were balm mint leaves, ambergris, cloves, camphor, myrrh, and rose.

During the Middle Ages a cross on the door informed others that inhabitants had developed symptoms of the Black Death. This plague hit several times during Henry's reign. It was almost always fatal, and it still exists, with the last major outbreak being around the beginning of the 20th century.

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The Middle Ages - The Black Death

The Middle Ages - The Black Death An epidemic thought to be bubonic plague that swept across Asia, Africa, and Europe in the 1300s, decimating approximately 1/4th of the known world's population.