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...
Activity for Black Plague I linked Black Plague, Louie Pasteur rabies story, few others after teaching 5th grade MicroWorlds - minute bacterias, epidemic, etc - much vocabulary, higher thinking skills..
Black death skeletons reveal pitiful life of 14th-century Londoners
The plague drastically culled the European population during the 14th and 17th centuries. The drawing above shows plague victims being taken away on a cart in London, which became a common site in the 14th century
"Ring Around the Rosie" -- child's chant believed to be early rhyme about the "Black Death" (pocket full of posie referred to herbs or bouquets carried to deter spread of plague; a tishoo referred to sneeze -- a plague symptom; and we all fall down -- obviously a reference to death)