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About Doctor Schnabel's costume, the attempt to treat people ill with plague and the remedies they used:
► A wide-brimmed black hat worn close to the head. At the time, a wide-brimmed black hat would have identified a person as a doctor, much the same as how a hat may identify chefs, soldiers and workers nowadays. The wide-brimmed hat might have also been used as partial shielding from infection.
The plague doctors' clothing also had a secondary use: to intentionally frighten and warn onlookers. The bedside manner common to doctors of today did not exist at the time; part of the appearance of the plague doctor's clothing was meant to frighten onlookers, and to communicate that something very, very wrong was nearby, and that they too might become infected. It is unknown how often or widespread plague doctors were, or how effective they were in treatment of the disease. It's likely that while offering some protection to the wearer, they may have actually contributed more to the spreading of the disease than its treatment, by unknowingly serving as vectors for infected fleas to move from host to host.
Scholars trace the origin of the Grim Reaper to ancient times where he was known as Cronus to the Greeks and Saturn to the Romans, but the Grim Reaper as he is depicted today comes directly to us from the Middle Ages and the Black Death.
According to William Bramley, author of Gods of Eden: "In Brandenburg, Germany, there appeared fifteen men with "fearful faces and long scythes, with which they cut the oats, so that the swish could be heard at great distance, but the oats remained standing. The visit of these men was followed immediately by a severe outbreak of plague in Brandenburg. Were the 'scythes' long instruments designed to spray poison or germ-laden gases?
"Strange men in black, demons, and other terrifying figures were observed in other European communities carrying 'brooms' or 'scythes' or 'swords' that were used to sweep or knock at people's doors. The inhabitants of these houses fell ill with plague afterwards. It is from these reports that people created the popular image of death as a skeleton, a demon, a man in a black robe carrying a scythe."
Originally posted by Blaine91555
Looks like that is from a book called "The Gods of Eden"
Originally posted by flightsuitShe interviews Gods of Eden author William Bramley, who describes accounts from that time of black cloaked figures with long, scythe-like instruments walking through towns or being seen on the outskirts of villages,
Originally posted by Sauron
Well it sounds like Doctors Doctor Schnabel von Rom (Doctor Schnabel from Rome)
[edit on 2/9/2009 by Sauron]
Originally posted by DoomsdayRex
This was a period of rampant superstition and ignorance; many of the stories and rumors people believed then we would find laughable or vile. It is interesting what some people will pick-and-choose to accept in order to support their beliefs.
Originally posted by Wonderer77
I'm not sure I see your point. Have you read some of the things on today's forums?
Doctor Osgood Bludgeon is 22 inches tall, from the top of his hat to the bottom of his gray velvet covered feet. He has articulated arms and legs, his face, hat and his entire outfit was completely hand-stitched, absolutely no sewing machines were used. His face was hand-painted with acrylic paint, and for his glasses, vintage gold rimmed buttons were sewn onto his face. His hands are made of bisque and tinted slightly in order to bring out the veins in his hands.
It's likely that while offering some protection to the wearer, they may have actually contributed more to the spreading of the disease than its treatment, in that the plague doctor unknowingly served as a vector for infected fleas to move from host to host.