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Their outfit consisted of a hat to show that the man was a doctor, mask to protect the face, crystal “eyes” to “protect” the eyes, the beak stuffed with spices of herbs to “purify” the airt that the doctor breathed, wooden stick to push away victims who would get too close to him, leather gloves to protect the hands, gown waxed from the exterior, and full length boots.

— about The Plague Doctors, from
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