01-08-2013, 11:14 PM
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  • Shaun
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Hi All

I have a pal working in infectious diseases here in Sydney, and he mentioned that NSW had its own little anthrax (well, not so little) back in the early 1920s and kindly found me an interesting article, "The Report of the Director-General of Public Health NSW 1920" which looked into anthrax outbreaks traced back to shaving brushes available in this State. Makes interesting reading if you're an Aussie, and perhaps just anyway. There are even some pictures of early brushes, and a discussions of the epidemiological tracing methods. The origins of the brushes were interesting too, and also the materials used, that is, not just horse hair, as is widely believed... Also of note is the early use of dyes to fake up badger hair! Reads like a detective story...hmm, seems it's too big an attachment... a PDF...any way around this? Perhaps interested people could indicate and I will email it to them??

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 01-08-2013, 11:19 PM
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Wow! I'm very interested in reading this.

You can send it to me via email and I will post it up.

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 01-08-2013, 11:34 PM
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  • Shaun
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...plus you will see that the anthrax was usually contracted after having accidentally cut oneself shaving, not just from lathering up. I guess they were using straights in those days, by and large? See also the method recommended for sterilizing brushes and discussion about inferior brushes cobbled together from floor sweepings...sometimes referred to as "very dirty" brushes.

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 01-08-2013, 11:36 PM
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 01-08-2013, 11:40 PM
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  • Shaun
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Thanks Lee.

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 01-09-2013, 12:53 AM
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing.

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 01-09-2013, 10:15 AM
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Thanks for sharing the article.

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 01-09-2013, 12:21 PM
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  • Howler
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Thanks for sharing the article, we have come a long since then.

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 01-09-2013, 06:35 PM
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  • Kavik79
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I'll be honest....I skimmed through parts LOL
But it was an interesting article, thanks for pointing it out Biggrin

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 01-09-2013, 07:06 PM
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I think the best part was the pictures and descriptions of the old brushes.

I also did not know that the cheap brushes came from Japan made out of horse hair & other hair.

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 01-09-2013, 07:16 PM
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  • vuk
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Interesting read, thanks for sharing.

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