The Plague Doctor
Plague was a huge problem in the 14th Century through the Renaissance Period in Europe. Individual towns would hire Plague Doctors to treat their victims. Actually spread thru infected rats and fleas, it was thought to be spread from birds. Hence the bird-shaped mask thought to lure the disease from the sick and onto himself. His wardrobe was designed to protect him from the plague. A long hooded robe, boots and gloves, and a long wooden stick to help examine patients without touching and to push back those that got to close!
The Bird-Shaped Mask
The beak of the mask was stuffed with scented herbs and strong smelling spices to filter the smell and hopefully keep the infected air at bay.
Staying in perfect character, when approaching the Doctor he would keep everyone at sticks length and never mutter a word. Only leaving a small folded paper explaining his role as the Plague Doctor!