Before germ theory and the sanitary practices that resulted, doctors were mystified about the role of microorganisms in infection and death. The idea of hand-washing was controversial. Surgical procedures were performed in unseen filth.
Happy Birthday UNM! One of our state's flagship universities (shout out to NMSU!) turns 121, which means it's going to get wasted. Wasted on art and history, that is. Join it by attending a book signing for The University of New Mexico, a retrospective by author V.B. Price and photographer Robert Reck. Price is a UNM faculty member and alum who went to school with my dad back in the '60s, so that's reason enough there. The signing today begins at 3 p.m. at the UNM Bookstore. For more, go to bookstore.unm.edu.