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A history of medical masks

From animal-bladder skin to houndstooth check and sequins, face masks have undergone many revolutions in design over the centuries. Writer Lizzie Enfield traces their history in pictures.

Words by Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield

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Lizzie Enfield  is a journalist and regular contributor to national newspapers, magazines and radio. She has written four novels, had her short stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and has been published in various magazines.