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Plague Masks: The Visual Emergence of Anti-Epidemic Personal Protection Equipment

Christos Lynteris

Medical Anthropology


At a time when all of us are confronted with the mandatory use of masks for entry and stay in public and commercial closed spaces, Christos Lynteris' text, preceding the current pandemic, presents a reflection of anthropological and historical outlines, building understanding about the emergence of this object of material culture and unfolding the ambiguity of the senses that place it between protection and risk, the delicate interface between body and virus, between health, disease and death.