Ballsy History

The Plague Doctors

December 7th, 2020

How did these “doctors” hired by the government, roaming from town-to-town into plague-stricken areas, counting the dead, and administering dubious treatments manage not to disappear into the fog of history like link-boys or knocker-ups?

Plague doctors lived in the netherworld between medicine and undertaking, larceny and bookkeeping, and life and death.

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