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The Plague Doctor On Duty by Estruda The Plague Doctor On Duty by Estruda
A plague doctor (Italian: medico della peste, Dutch: pestmeester, Spanish: médico de la peste negra, German: Pestarzt) was a special medical physician who saw those who had the plague. They were specifically hired by towns that had many plague victims in times of plague epidemics. Since the city was paying their salary, they treated everyone: both the rich and the poor. They were not normally professionally trained experienced physicians or surgeons, and often were second-rate doctors not able to otherwise run a successful medical business or young physicians trying to establish themselves.

Plague doctors by their covenant treated plague patients and were known as municipal or "community plague doctors", whereas "general practitioners" were separate doctors and both might be in the same European city or town at the same time. In France and the Netherlands plague doctors often lacked medical training and were referred to as "empirics". In one case a plague doctor had been a fruit-seller before his employment as a physician.

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, some doctors wore a beak-like mask which was filled with aromatic items. The masks were designed to protect them from putrid air, which (according to the miasmatic theory of disease) was seen as the cause of infection. Being a plague doctor was unpleasant, dangerous and difficult. Their chances of survival in times of a plague epidemic were low
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artofstu Featured By Owner 7 hours ago
Would you consider licensing this artwork for a book cover?
Estruda Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Hi , How does it all work  ?
pullingcandy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
The January, 2014 Horror/Macabre Daily Deviation Round-Up has been released. You can find your spooktacular piece right here! Thank you for submitting your gloriously gory work to Deviant Art.
Estruda Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Thank you very much ,such a pleasure to be amongst such  a wonderful collection of art ..
FrancisDelapazPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Great image! I like the composition, lighting, and the tones. Was the mask custom designed?
Estruda Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
Thank you very much  and yes it was custom designed .
FrancisDelapazPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Did you create it? And do you sell? :)
Estruda Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
I got it off a guy that sells them on Ebay . Just put Plague doctor mask in a  search on ebay then you can decide what colour you want and what colour glass you want then he will make it . they go for £90 but I put an offer in for £80 and he accepted it ..
FrancisDelapazPhoto Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much! I'll have to check it out. 
Estruda Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
no prob ..
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