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From Swamps to Smog
Wed 6 Mar 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PMFree
Air pollution is a major issue nowadays: pollutants and chemical particles are known to cause a range of life-threatening diseases, such as asbestosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). For many people the air they breathe is potentially lethal.
Although modern theories of medicine are substantially different from those of the past, the idea of good and bad air dates back to the earliest writings on human health and the causes of disease. Using materials from Palace Green Library’s Archives and Special Collections, Dr Danielle Westerhof, Rare Books Librarian (Durham University Library), will look at how people thought air influenced their health and what they did to counter the negative effects of bad air.
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