Friday, 5 June 2020

Plague And It's Doctors
It must have been terrifying,
a deadly illness airborne
spread by miasma.
It sounds like a conspiracy theory now.
Perhaps some thought so then.
It all sounds so familiar
the specially made Personal Protective Equipment
required for those treating the afflicted.
Boots and gloves,
head to toe waxed covering
with sweetly pungent perfumes underneath
and a stick to make sure people kept their distance.
It all sounds so familiar
the distinctive mask,
so distinctive
it is popular in events today.
But the shape was necessary then,
utilitarian,
it’s long beak delaying the passage
of miasma to the doctor’s lungs,
with a cocktail of disinfecting herbs
inside
for further protection.
It all sounds so familiar.
But is efficacy was limited.
They had misunderstood
the causes and remedies.
We have more evidence now
but still wrestle
with competing theories.
So when all is stripped down
and the masks are off
we are still ill equipped.
It all sounds too familiar.



 

Plague And Its Doctors by Lynn White It must have been terrifying, a deadly illness airborne spread by miasma. It sounds like a conspiracy theory now. Perhaps some thought so then. It all sounds so…
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Plague And Its Doctors by Lynn White It must have been terrifying, a deadly illness airborne spread by miasma. It sounds like a conspiracy theory now. Perhaps some thought so then. It all sounds so…

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