Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Tricho treatment

At his blog Weekend Stubble, Paul Collins offers a deeply disturbing account of the massive and little-known public health calamity that followed the widespread use, in the 1920s, of X-rays to remove women's unwanted hair. The full essay appears in the New Scientist, by subscription only, but what he gives us here is fairly extraordinary... and quite horrifying.

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