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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86%
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flagUnknown
1%
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flagUkraine
4%
12%
79%
4%
49
flagAustria
4%
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78%
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23
flagthe Netherlands
1%
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75%
10%
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flagthe United Arab Emirates
3%
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75%
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flagRussia
5%
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flagPoland
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9%
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flagthe United Kingdom
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8%
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flagRepublic of Ireland
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70%
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flagFrance
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70%
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flagCanada
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flagGermany
1%
25%
64%
8%
230
flagItaly
5%
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7%
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flagCzech Republic
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60%
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20
flagthe United States
2%
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57%
24%
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flagSweden
16%
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flagNorway
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flagAustralia
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flagIndia
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men77%
women66%
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doctors
77%
66%
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