Clean: A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity

Synopsis

Why do we still have nits? What exactly are 'purity rules'? And why have baths scarcely changed in 200 years? This pioneering book covers the global history of human body-care. From pre-historic grooming rituals to New Age medicine, from ascetics to cosmetics, Smith looks at how different cultures have interpreted and striven for personal cleanliness. It is probably safe to say that no-one who reads this book will look at his or her body (or bathroom) in quite the same way again.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2007