Beaky Plague Protection

People in white protective suits, carefully making their way through a sealed-off area in which a deadly virus rages – no, this is not the beginning of a post-apocalyptic horror scenario or dystopia. Such images are familiar, appearing most recently in relation to the Ebola epidemic. Suits like this, however, were already in use a few hundred years ago, designed to protect their wearers against the plague and other illnesses. In our series “What’s That For?” we explain how the plague doctor’s costume was used in the battle against devastating diseases.