Who wore such masks in the Middle Ages?

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Plague doctors in the 17th century wore pro­tec­tive clothes, with nosegays con­cealed in their masks. The purpose of the mask was to keep away bad smells, which were thought to be the prin­ci­pal cause of the disease. The beak could hold dried flowers, herbs, camphor or a vinegar sponge.

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flagSpain
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flagUnknown
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flagAustria
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flagthe Netherlands
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flagUkraine
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flagthe United Arab Emirates
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flagRussia
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flagDenmark
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flagSwitzerland
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flagPoland
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flagFrance
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flagthe United Kingdom
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flagRepublic of Ireland
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flagGermany
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flagCanada
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flagItaly
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flagSweden
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flagthe United States
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flagIndia
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men78%
women66%
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