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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies.
A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.
Mission fucking accomplished
Okay so I love this but it doesn’t cover the half of why the design is awesome and actually borders on making sense.
It wasn’t just that they didn’t want to smell the infected and dead, they thought it was crucial to protecting themselves. They had no way of knowing about what actually caused the plague, and so one of the other theories was that the smell of the infected all by itself was evil and could transmit the plague. So not only would they fill their masks with aromatic herbs and flowers, they would also burn fires in public areas, so that the smell of the smoke would “clear the air”. This all related to the miasma theory of contagion, which was one of the major theories out there until the 19th century. And it makes sense, in a way. Plague victims smelled awful, and there’s a general correlation between horrible septic smells and getting horribly sick if you’re around what causes them for too long.
You can see now that we’ve got two different theories as to what caused the plague that were worked into the design. That’s because the whole thing was an attempt by the doctors to cover as many bases as they could think of, and we’re still not done.
The glass eyepieces. They were either darkened or red, not something you generally want to have to contend with when examining patients. But the plague might be spread by eye contact via the evil eye, so best to ward that off too.
The illustration shows a doctor holding a stick. This was an examination tool, that helped the doctors keep some distance between themselves and the infected. They already had gloves on, but the extra level of separation was apparently deemed necessary. You could even take a pulse with it. Or keep people the fuck away from you, which was apparently a documented use.
Finally, the robe. It’s not just to look fancy, the cloth was waxed, as were all of the rest of their clothes. What’s one of the properties of wax? Water-based fluids aren’t absorbed by it. This was the closest you could get to a sterile, fully protecting garment back then. Because at least one person along the line was smart enough to think “Gee, I’d really rather not have the stuff coming out of those weeping sores anywhere on my person”.
So between all of these there’s a real sense that a lot of real thought was put into making sure the doctors were protected, even if they couldn’t exactly be sure from what. They worked with what information they had. And frankly, it’s a great design given what was available! You limit exposure to aspirated liquids, limit exposure to contaminated liquids already present, you limit contact with the infected. You also don’t give fleas any really good place to hop onto. That’s actually useful.
Beyond that, there were contracts the doctors would sign before they even got near a patient. They were to be under quarantine themselves, they wouldn’t treat patients without a custodian monitoring them and helping when something had to be physically contacted, and they would not treat non-plague patients for the duration. There was an actual system in place by the time the plague doctors really became a thing to make sure they didn’t infect anyone either.
These guys were the product of the scientific process at work, and the scientific process made a bitchin’ proto-hazmat suit. And containment protocols!
Super Yakuza Bros by Eduardo Vieira
"YAKUZA MARIO, the king of mushroom drug dealers, YAKUZA LUIGI, the prince of green mushrooms. The evil princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, and her demonic guard!!! Are the Yakuza Bros a match for them??? “Traditional, Ink & Red Pencil, 2013
Deadly Class #1 Variant Cover - coming soon from Rick Remender, Wes Craig, Lee Loughridge and Image Comics
I don’t even know what this comic is going to be about, but this cover has sold me on giving it a try.
If you ever want to understand what my childhood brain was like…these were all my favorite movies when I was like, 11.
Yeah, but you can high-five Satan.
I NEED THIS AS A T-SHIRT
Through December you can buy my novel SHADOW OF THE PAST for only $0.99 cents on Smashwords. As we head into a new year I figured I’d offer an old favorite up for discount, getting folks ready for the new stuff that’s right around the corner.
Mark Watson thought high school was hell enough as it was, but when he starts seeing visions of a young boy from the 50’s that was kidnapped and forced to watch a series of grisly murders, he’ll find out that the supernatural force behind those killings has plans to show him that there are worse hells than bullies and gym class.
It shouldn’t be a surprise to him. Everything has always been against Mark. He’s poor, unpopular, orphaned to an uncaring uncle and with zero prospects for the future. It seemed like that was going to change when he literally runs into Christine Baker, a new girl at school who doesn’t know anything about Mark’s embarrassing past and begins showing interest in him. He’s falling in love for the first time, his bullying nemesis at school is out for blood, and the few loved ones he has are being picked off by a supernatural force of darkness and fire. There’s no peace anywhere he turns, and that looks to be exactly where the resurrected killer wants him: broken, alone, and facing his end in the house that saw the deaths of four children and still holds a terrible evil waiting to be reborn.
“Shadow of the Past” reads like the monstrous offspring of a Stephen King book and a John Hughes movie. It is as much about the horror of adolescence, as it a work of speculative fiction. - Gwyneth via Goodreads
"Shadow of the past is creepy, seriously creepy. Like, stop reading, look around, make sure you’re still alone, and then wish someone else was home with you creepy." - Jennifer via Goodreads
"Shadow of the Past will make you laugh and then completely creep you out a page or two later." - Kelly via Smashwords
One of the good things about Smashwords is that you can get the book in any eReader format you want (KIndle, Nook, .pdf, etc) and can download it as many times as you need. Also, authors get a better percentage that they do at Amazon.
Read it, review it, tell a friend.
You can have your James Bonds and pin up girls, I’ll take Matthau.