Plague doctor - Wikipedia

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Venice, a water-logged city and port to the rest of the world, was particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of plague and other diseases, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s doctors readily adopted this mask. However, the use of the mask as part of a Carnival costume is a strictly modern practice.

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Inktober - Day 31
“Mask”
Mind your children on this night of masks. For the beast is hungry and on the hunt. 🎃
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Thanks to everyone who followed along this month! It was a fun challenge and great practice.

I’ve been wanting to draw a plague doctor in this style for some time. Not sure if fanboss or NPC that complains about the mausoleum being noisy as hell lately.

***Disclaimer: Most of the images used do not belong to me. If you see one that’s yours, and you would like credit or to have it removed/replaced, please just ask.

Plague doctors by their covenant treated plague patients and were known as municipal or "community plague doctors", whereas "general practitioners" were separate doctors and both might be in the same European city or town at the same time. [1] [4] [5] [6] In France and the Netherlands, plague doctors often lacked medical training and were referred to as "empirics". In one case, a plague doctor had been a fruit salesman before his employment as a physician. [7]

In the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The design of these costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme , the chief physician to Louis XIII . [8]

The first European epidemic of the bubonic plague dates back to the mid 6th century and is called the Plague of Justinian . [9] The largest number of people affected by the epidemic were the Black Death victims of Europe in the 14th century. In medieval times, the large loss of people (due to the bubonic plague) in a town created an economic disaster. Community plague doctors were quite valuable and were given special privileges; for example, plague doctors were freely allowed to perform autopsies , which were otherwise generally forbidden in Medieval Europe, to research a cure for the plague.

In 1619, Charles de L'Orme invented the Medieval equivalent of a hazmat suit. It consisted of a waxed overcoat, leather gloves, cane and beak-shaped mask filled with floral scents. Even though the miasma theory of disease was ultimately proven untrue, the beak functioned like a gas mask so plague doctors could treat Bubonic Plague victims. 

I have always thought that the beak / Plague doctor masks were fascinating, but could never justify buying one from a custom maker. With Halloween coming up, what better time to make one myself?

The 17th century copper plate engraving to the right is the most common image we have. It was originally printed in 1921 in Die Karikatur und Satire in der Medizin .

Venice, a water-logged city and port to the rest of the world, was particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of plague and other diseases, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s doctors readily adopted this mask. However, the use of the mask as part of a Carnival costume is a strictly modern practice.

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Venice, a water-logged city and port to the rest of the world, was particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of plague and other diseases, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s doctors readily adopted this mask. However, the use of the mask as part of a Carnival costume is a strictly modern practice.

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Inktober - Day 31
“Mask”
Mind your children on this night of masks. For the beast is hungry and on the hunt. 🎃
-
Thanks to everyone who followed along this month! It was a fun challenge and great practice.

I’ve been wanting to draw a plague doctor in this style for some time. Not sure if fanboss or NPC that complains about the mausoleum being noisy as hell lately.

***Disclaimer: Most of the images used do not belong to me. If you see one that’s yours, and you would like credit or to have it removed/replaced, please just ask.

Venice, a water-logged city and port to the rest of the world, was particularly vulnerable to outbreaks of plague and other diseases, so it comes as no surprise that the city’s doctors readily adopted this mask. However, the use of the mask as part of a Carnival costume is a strictly modern practice.

  Join me! Click here to download a free copy of my guide,  How to Go Shopping on Vacation Without Getting Ripped Off .

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Inktober - Day 31
“Mask”
Mind your children on this night of masks. For the beast is hungry and on the hunt. 🎃
-
Thanks to everyone who followed along this month! It was a fun challenge and great practice.

I’ve been wanting to draw a plague doctor in this style for some time. Not sure if fanboss or NPC that complains about the mausoleum being noisy as hell lately.

***Disclaimer: Most of the images used do not belong to me. If you see one that’s yours, and you would like credit or to have it removed/replaced, please just ask.

Plague doctors by their covenant treated plague patients and were known as municipal or "community plague doctors", whereas "general practitioners" were separate doctors and both might be in the same European city or town at the same time. [1] [4] [5] [6] In France and the Netherlands, plague doctors often lacked medical training and were referred to as "empirics". In one case, a plague doctor had been a fruit salesman before his employment as a physician. [7]

In the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The design of these costumes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme , the chief physician to Louis XIII . [8]

The first European epidemic of the bubonic plague dates back to the mid 6th century and is called the Plague of Justinian . [9] The largest number of people affected by the epidemic were the Black Death victims of Europe in the 14th century. In medieval times, the large loss of people (due to the bubonic plague) in a town created an economic disaster. Community plague doctors were quite valuable and were given special privileges; for example, plague doctors were freely allowed to perform autopsies , which were otherwise generally forbidden in Medieval Europe, to research a cure for the plague.


History of the Black Death and the Plague Doctor

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