If there's one issue that time travel movies gloss over it's DO NOT GET SICK IN THE PAST. Just... don't. Rabies, the Bubonic Plague, mass outbreaks of dysentry... and the cures were often just as bad.

Check out 7 bizarre medical curiosities that prove that the past was dark and full of terrors...

1. Got Plague? I can fix that!

Date: 1600's

Purpose: Protecting its wearer from the plague. These plague masks were kind of an early gas mask - the long beak was stuffed with lavender or somesuch to shield the nose from the stench of vile plague effluent.