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The dirt on clean; an unsanitized history.


The dirt on clean; an unsanitized history.

Ashenburg, Katherine.

North Point Press


358 pages




The author of The Mourner's Dance: What We Do When People Die turns her attention to the history of bathing (or not), tracing notions of personal hygiene from well-bathed ancient Romans and unwashed saints to current fixations on dazzling teeth on the one hand, and on the other, the hygiene hypothesis that early exposure to germs protects against disease. Ashenburg entertainingly shows in text and images that cleanliness is a cultural construct. The book was originally published in 2007 by Alfred A. Knopf, Canada.

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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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