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Clean: The New Science of Skin


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James Hamblin, MD, MPH, is a staff writer at The Atlantic, a lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, and a specialist in preventive medicine. He is the author of If Our Bodies Could Talk and hosted a video series of the same name. He's based in Brooklyn, New York. He only uses soap on his hands.


"A breezy social history with a health angle. . . . the science writing is accessible and articulate--graceful even--and there are some wonderful surprises" --Wall Street Journal

"A fascinating, rich mix of science, marketing and culture that will have you questioning everything you think you know about your daily skincare routine." --BookPage "Fascinating. . . . Hamblin takes us on a slippery ride through the soap marketing of the 20th century, sharing some of the racial, class, and gender undertones many of us probably missed, and introduces us to fascinating people." --Spirituality and Health "Clean is a thought-provoking and deeply-researched investigation into the life and times of our skin. From unraveling the history of soap to profiling our many microbes, Hamblin's analysis is anything but skin deep." --Bianca Bosker, author of Cork Dork "James Hamblin's characteristic mix of clarity and levity shine through every single page. You'll never think about your largest organ the same way again." --David Epstein, author of Range and The Sports Gene "A wide-ranging study that shows how cleanliness was not always next to godliness." --Kirkus

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