A systematic review on health and hygiene in India

MANOJ KUMAR SHARMA

Abstract


Personal hygiene pertains to hygiene practices performed by an individual to care for one's bodily health and well being, through cleanliness. Motivations for personal hygiene practice include reduction of personal illness, healing from personal illness, optimal health and sense of well being, social acceptance and prevention of spread of illness to others. Brushing teeth, washing hands, and hot showers are a necessity in today's world where these hygienal rituals are performed daily. One would be gawked at if they were to come to work covered in grime, and grimaced at by co-workers if they left the bathroom without washing their hands. Though hygiene is an important "duty" to protect oneself and others from sickness, back in ancient times, till up to the early 1900's, the nature of our ancestor's hygiene could be seen as dubious.


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