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April 24, 1915


JAMA. 1915;LXIV(17):1427-1428. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570430059019

The instinctive desire for cleanliness, says Lotze, marks the beginnings of culture; at any rate it indicates a fortunate tendency in that direction. Filth is unendurable in the eyes of those civilized peoples alone who prize in the case of their bodies the same degree of purity which they impart to their enterprises and their personal environment. The care of the skin through the installation of public baths is by no means a modern procedure. Ancient Rome abounded in them, and their maintenance became an important problem of the state. The baths of Diocletian accommodated hundreds. Wherever Roman civilization proceeded it was attended by a respect for personal cleanliness. To-day the home of the ordinary citizen affords abundant opportunity to enjoy the advantages of the bath not only as a means of cleansing the body but also as a tonic and the promoter of a healthy skin —"the best undergarment

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