Journals Higher Education
Important OUP's Response to COVID-19 Learn more



Published: 24 July 2008

470 Pages | 23 black and white halftones


ISBN: 9780199532087

Also Available As:


Bookseller Code (AE)


A History of Personal Hygiene and Purity

Virginia Smith

  • The first general history of human hygiene for over a century
  • Covers the global history of human body-care, from the Neolithic to the present
  • Reveals how our obsession with cleanliness betrays our close links to our pre-human past
  • Shows the importance of cleanliness and purity in social history - from ascetics to cosmetics

Also of Interest