Why European plague doctors wore those strange beaked masks?

Four hundred years ago, dark figures with white beaks wandered the streets of Europe. But these were no boogeymen or other creepy figures, but healers, so dressed to stave off the current disease: the bubonic plague. The plague was once the most feared disease in the world, capable of killing hundreds of millions of people in seemingly unstoppable global pandemics and afflicting its victims with painfully swollen lymph nodes, blackened skin, and other macabre symptoms. Despite plagues were nothing new at the time, when outbreaks were routine in medieval Europe,…

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#TodayInHistory – May 24

May 24 – Some important events on this day 1595 👉🏼 Nomenclator of Leiden University Library appears, the first printed catalog of an institutional library 📚 1738 👉🏼 Co-founder of the Methodist Movement John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement itself. This day is celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 1844 👉🏼 Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message. He contributed to the invention of a single-wire telegraph system based on European telegraphs and a co-developer of the Morse code. 1847…

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