Fillers One hundred years ago

The passing of the beard

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1264

DR. ALEXANDER DOWNIE in his new Zion, from which he has banished all regular professors of the healing art, has lately issued an ordinance making the wearing of beards compulsory on all men. Elsewhere, however, there are signs that the doom of the beard is written in the book of fate. Fashion and hygiene are for once combined in one object, and that is the elimination of …

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