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What Was Health And Hygiene In Shakespeare Times?

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Well, in  shakespeare's time, if you were poor you were lucky to have one bath every 3-4 years. Where as if you were rich you would bath once a year. If in that time you could afford a dentist you were given the name "sweet breath" which basically meant your breath wasn't as bad as others. Toilets then were holes in the ground- which was a very poor and dirty standard. If you had a little more money than others you were given  a hole with some sort of air freshener. Clothing was a big part of socialisation, if you had gloves and dresses - that were clean you were obviously rich, where as the poorer people had to sit in their filthy.
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They had little hygiene in shakespeare's time. Many of them were very dirty only the high class had clean clothes and were actually clean
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It was very dirty and everyone smelled bad. So People had to carry around these little jar-things that held herbs and stuff to make it smell less bad. There toilets were pots that were thrown out the window into the ditch in the streets that lead to the river. So you'd be walking down the street and people's waste and stuff would fly over you and land next to you. So it smelled very bad and was very gross. Many people got sick very easily, and cures and medicine were just as bad. They'd leech you if you were sick "sucking out the sickness" but many peole died from this treatment. I'm glad I live in the 2000s!!!!
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Medical practice in Shakespeare's time was, to say the least, non-existant.
  Conversely, you went to university to study only three subjects, of which medicine was one.
  John Hall married Susannah Shakespeare. He was a doctor of some considerable medical understanding.
  Hygiene was unheard of, and would remain so for centuries.
  Nowadays, simple remedies take care of most 'everyday' maladies, but then, even the simplest cough, would be treated with the most repugnant and disgusting 'treatment' imaginable! Proving that doctors were little more than charlatans, chancers and con artists.
  Open sewers ran down many arterial roads. Offal from tanneries and butchers shops would be left to rot in the street, (John Shakespeare was fined for having a midden in Henley Street).
  Often, you would relieve yourself in the street.
  Unprotected sores and skin irruptions were many, open pus seen on many a face and body.
  All of this, was meat and drink to the many visitations of Bubonic, Pneumonic and Septicemic Plague that regularly swept through London and its overcrowded connotations like wildfire, eviscerating the general public with no regard to position or office, so that,if you reached 30 years of age, you were an old man in London!
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They would often spread abd cover them self in mud to stuff in there horrible stench
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There wasn't any toilets they just had 2 pee on the floor or the could pay a penny for someone to get them a bucket the rich people had some kind of perfume bottle to smell cause it smelled really badly cause no one took a shower but the rich everyone one drank beer EVERYONE lol

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