The Plague Doctor of Venice

  title={The Plague Doctor of Venice},
  author={Christian J Mussap},
  journal={Internal Medicine Journal},
  • C. Mussap
  • Published 1 May 2019
  • Medicine
  • Internal Medicine Journal
There is a distinctive Venetian carnival mask with sinister overtones and historical significance to physicians because it belongs to the ‘Doctor of the Plague’. The costume features a beaked white mask, black hat and waxed gown. This was worn by mediaeval Plague Doctors as protection according to the Miasma Theory of disease propagation. The plague (or Black Death), ravaged Europe over several centuries with each pandemic leaving millions of people dead. The cause of the contagion was not… Expand
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