Ringworm: A disease of schools and mass schooling in the UK

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The chapter frames ringworm as a disease of schools and schoolchildren in United Kingdom. The disease had been reported previously in orphanages and similar institutions, but its incidence and profile increased with the arrival of mass schooling, which provided ideal conditions for its spread, both through increased opportunities for contagion (seeding) and the exposure of poor children (weakened soil). Responses to the problem included special schools for the isolation and treatment of sufferers. These became sites for the use of the new x-ray technologies, not to kill the seeds of infection, but to alter the soil by removing hair, the locus of infection.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRingworm and Irradiation
Subtitle of host publicationThe Historical, Medical, and Legal Implications of the Forgotten Epidemic
EditorsShifra Shvarts, Siegal Sadetzki
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9780197568996
ISBN (Print)9780197568965
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2022


  • Ringworm
  • Mass schooling
  • Irradiation
  • Britain


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