From a Necessary Evil to Luxury: The History of Bathrooms in Modern Society


Latrinas medievais. Image Cortesia de Geopizza, usada sob os termos de "fair use"

Latrinas medievais. Image Cortesia de Geopizza, usada sob os termos de "fair use"

The bathrooms that we usually have in our homes are legacies of European colonization around the world. Its current form, however, dates back millennia and would not have been possible without investments and the evolution of basic sanitation.

The health of a population is directly related to the physical environment it inhabits, as stated by Hippocrates in his text “Ares, waters and places”, written during the 5th century BC, in which the Greek thinker known as the ‘father of medicine’, states that in order to properly investigate health and the cause of disease it is necessary to observe and understand the inhabited environment from the seasons, the wind, the water, its geographical position, the land and the landscape and also the habits of the people who live there. Each civilization has developed a way of dealing with what we understand by sanitation today, depending on its time and also on its geographical, cultural, political and economic context.

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