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May 14, 1898

THE HYGIENE OF CLOTHING.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(20):1179-1180. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440720043004

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Abstract

It is probable that man was originally a tropical animal, perfectly adapted to his environment in a physical point of view, the natural product of evolution under the conditions in which he lived. Since he has emerged from his primal state and extended his habitat throughout nearly all latitudes and climates and has become a garment-wearing animal a host of unnatural and insanitary possibilities has arisen. The question of clothing, what to wear and how to wear it, has an importance altogether aside from the social and esthetic, and even from some of the ordinarily recognized considerations of comfort that commonly govern our selection. The hygienic choice of clothing, when it is not interfered with by conventional or economic or other factors, is usually a rule of thumb procedure, that takes little or no account of the chances or consequences of error. This is more especially true in our so-called

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