Merritt Ierley

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Merritt Ierley is the author of Open House: A Guided Tour of the American Home 1637-Present , published in March by Henry Holt, from which this article is adapted. This fall will see the publication of his book The Comforts of Home (Random House/Clarkson Potter), an extended look at the evolution of technology in the home.

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May/June 1999

THE SEEMINGLY simple act of bringing it inside the house required not only medical revelation and technological revolution but the remaking of human habits as old as time