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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85%
3%
28
flagUnknown
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9%
82%
7%
370
flagRussia
3%
3%
78%
15%
32
flagAustria
4%
17%
78%
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23
flagUkraine
5%
12%
77%
5%
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flagthe Netherlands
1%
14%
75%
8%
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flagFrance
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70%
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flagthe United Arab Emirates
4%
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70%
4%
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flagPoland
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flagthe United Kingdom
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69%
8%
410
flagRepublic of Ireland
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68%
6%
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flagDenmark
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68%
5%
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flagItaly
4%
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63%
8%
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flagGermany
2%
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8%
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flagCanada
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62%
16%
50
flagthe United States
2%
14%
56%
26%
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flagNorway
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flagSweden
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flagIndia
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men72%
women63%
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freemasons
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21%
doctors
72%
64%
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