Doctors Plague Masks - 4 Colors & Styles
Detailed Latex Plague Mask
A Brief History
A plague doctor was a medical physician who treated victims of the bubonic plague. In times of epidemics, these physicians were specifically hired by towns where the plague had taken hold. Since the city was paying their salary, they treated everyone: both the wealthy and the poor.
However, some plague doctors were known to charge patients and their families additional fees for special treatments or false cures. Typically, they were not experienced physicians or surgeons at all; rather, they were often either second-rate doctors unable to otherwise run a successful medical practice or young physicians seeking to establish themselves in the industry. They rarely cured their patients; rather, they served to record a count of the number of people contaminated for demographic purposes.
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. 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.
In the 17th, 18th, and 19th 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 now-obsolete miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. The design of these clothes has been attributed to Charles de Lorme, the chief physician to Louis XIII.
These masks are extremely detailed made from latex and metal accents.
Faux leather head strap, fully adjustable, and fits most size heads.
Whilst these are not replicas, they do sustain the characteristic beak and wide round eyes. These masks have an industrial, steampunk element.
Style A: Brown with burnished gold.
Style B: Brown with burnished bronzing.
Style C: Gray and Pewter.
Style D: Black with burnished bronzing.
Please note delivery can take up to 3 weeks due to shipping, these are not considered "essential items"