National Geographic : 2002 Feb
FROM OUR ARCHIVES Flashback DOORWAYS OF DISEASE Angels inDisguise "These very alarming persons are not, as might be supposed, night riders or vigilantes surreptitiously disposing of a victim," assured this photo's caption in the GEOGRAPHIC'S April 1910 portfolio, "Scenes in Italy." Instead the men-masked to protect their anonymity-belonged to a secret society known as the Brethren of the Misericordia. As penance for their sins, or to "fulfill some vow," members trans ported the sick to hospitals, buried the dead, and collected money for the poor. You can send this month's Rashback as an electronic greeting card and access the Flashback photo archives at nationalgeographic.com/ ngm/flashback/0202. AOL Keyword: NatGeoMag NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN00279358) ISPUBLISHED MONTHLY BYTHENATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY, 1145 17THST.NW,WASHINGTON, DC200364688. $34.00A YEARFORU.S DLIVERY $6.00PERSINGLE COPY(INCLUDES POSTAGE ANDHANDLING) PERIODICALS POSTAGE PAIDATWASHINGTON, DC,ANDATADDITIONAL MAILING OFFICES POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGES TONATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, POBOX63002 TAMPA, FL33663 3002.