Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing (English Edition) por Katherine Ashenburg

Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing (English Edition) por Katherine Ashenburg

Titulo del libro: Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing (English Edition)

Autor: Katherine Ashenburg

Número de páginas: 368 páginas

Fecha de lanzamiento: January 6, 2011

Editor: Profile Books

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Katherine Ashenburg con Clean: An Unsanitised History of Washing (English Edition)

'I return to Paris in five days. Stop washing.' So wrote Napoleon to Josephine in an age when body odour was considered an aphrodisiac. In stark contrast, the Romans used to bath for hours each day. Ashenburg's investigation of history's ambivalence towards personal hygiene takes her through plague-ridden streets, hospitals and battlefields. From the bizarre prescriptions of doctors to the eccentricities of famous bathers, she presents us with all the twists and turns that have led us to our own, arbitrary notion of 'clean'.