Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561Print version ISSN 1413-8123
VELLOSO, Marta Pimenta. Waste over history: perceptions about residues. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, n.6, pp.1953-1964. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000600031.
This article describes how Man, over history, felt about the residues produced by human activity. The text is divided into three parts: In the first part it tells the story of the black plague pandemic during the XIV century, showing how this disease was associated with the residues produced by the human body. In the second part it explains how the first notions of waste were, and still are, related to dirt, disease and death. Finally, in the third part, it describes the first measures of hygiene in the Renaissance and refers to the first public health actions at the beginning of the XX century, starting to combat the agents of infectious diseases and their vectors.
Keywords : Public health; Health and disease; Environment; Residues; Waste.