Boney Xmas 03 - Unwrap Forever
Boney Xmas 03 - Unwrap Forever
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!
medieval hazmat suit ftw~!
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reblogging this for future reading~
Putting this here for my own future use
Reblogging for future reference/to examine at a later date, since there’s a few things on this list that I only have a passing familiarity with, and a couple that I’ve never even heard of.
We have a winner…
All the applause
Is that TV’s Frank?
It is indeed.
Double Dare had all the best prizes, right?
God I wanted that GE Home Theater. I wanted that GE Home Theater so bad I could taste it.
The true meaning of Christmas. [x]
Dude…I’ve seen the film Event Horizon thirteen times (for reasons of Sam Neill). Also, I basically married this dude, so I guess this particular Onion article is sailing right on over both our heads.
The Alnwick Poison Garden is pretty much what you’d think it is: a garden full of plants that can kill you (among many other things). Some of the plants are so dangerous that they have to be kept behind bars. [x]
I went to find out more about this place, and the website had this little nugget of information;
Many of the plants are already well-known for their medicinal properties, but as its creator, the Duchess of Northumberland said:
'I wondered why so many gardens around the world focused on the healing power of plants rather than their ability to kill… I felt that most children I knew would be more interested in hearing how a plant killed, how long it would take you to die if you ate it and how gruesome and painful the death might be.'
I believe I may have found a new hero.
get it sister marjorie
This just happened to me, too. I checked out his website and it’s the biggest load of crap I’ve seen in a while.
Was it the same guy, or a different ramdom?
Same guy, I think, someone named “Dean Richards,” says he’s 18 and appreciates “true open-minded thinking.” Mostly it’s a bunch of drivel about how racism isn’t actually racism when he says it isn’t.
Yup. Same guy.
Damn that looks good. Where’s it from?
Just so you know. She’s a circus artist and goes by Aerial Emery.