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From Swamps to Smog: Exploring Historic Theories about the Effects of Air on Health

(22 February 2019)

From Swamps to Smog: Exploring Historic Theories about the Effects of Air on Health by Dr Danielle Westerhof at Palace Green Library, on Wednesday, 6 March at 3.30pm. Using materials from Palace Green Library’s Archives and Special Collections, join Rare Books Librarian Dr Danielle Westerhof to look at how people thought air influenced their health and what they did to counter the negative effects of bad air. Book via Eventbrite. If you have any queries, please visit our website or contact us at lob.admin@durham.ac.uk.

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.

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