Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 August 2008

480 Pages | 25 halftones

ISBN: 9780199532087

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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

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