SOURCE: The Conversation
by Judith Ridner
Evolving from home production utilizing waste to industrial manufacturing using highly engineered ingredients, the making of soap has been a dirty process.
Historian Peter Ward, author of "The Clean Body: A Modern History," contextualizes handwashing among humans.
While the 1918 flu and COVID-19 are different diseases, newspaper advertisements from 1918 show that, in some ways, the two moments are strikingly similar.
SOURCE: Washington Post
The Purellification of America is about sanitation, but it is really about sanity. Fear, control, and the fear that we have no control.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Be thankful we no longer use corn cobs and rope ends.
by Constance Grady
Hand-washing as a social responsibility is a fairly new concept.
by Aleisha Smith
"The history of the unremarkable and the ordinary have an importance of their own, one that can easily surpass the history of greatness in any of its many forms."
SOURCE: Scientific American
The last time I visited Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts was in 2004 to see a Rembrandt exhibition. But I might have wandered away from the works of the Dutch master in search of an ancient Greek artifact, had I known at the time that the object in question, a wine vessel, was in the museum’s collection. According to the 2012 Christmas issue of the BMJ (preacronymically known as the British Medical Journal), the 2,500-year-old cup, created by one of the anonymous artisans who helped to shape Western culture, is adorned with the image of a man wiping his butt.That revelation appears in an article entitled “Toilet Hygiene in the Classical Era,” by French anthropologist and forensic medicine researcher Philippe Charlier and his colleagues. Their report examines tidying techniques used way back—and the resultant medical issues. Such a study is in keeping with the BMJ‘s tradition of offbeat subject matter for its late December issue—as noted in this space five years ago: “Had the Puritans never left Britain for New England, they might later have fled the British Medical Journal to found the New England Journal of Medicine.”
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