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2008-07-14 09:00:14

By Charles Duhigg A few years ago, a self-described "militant liberal" named Val Curtis decided that it was time to save millions of children from death and disease. So Curtis, an anthropologist then living in Burkina Faso, contacted some of the world's largest multinational corporations and asked them, in effect, to teach her how to manipulate consumer habits worldwide. Curtis, now the director of the Hygiene Center at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, had spent years...


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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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