Medieval advice on handwashing

If you want to be healthy, wash your hands often.

-Regimen Sanitatis Salernitanum 4,
written in the 11th or 12th century,
translated into modern English by
Patricia Willet Cummins (Chapel Hill:
North Carolina Studies in the
Romance Languages and
Literatures, 1976),
online here.

(click on the photo above for an ironic reminder of why this message is not always easy to follow even in 21st century North America)

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