Elizabeth Yuko

Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and journalist.

illustration of a late-1800s bathroom

How Infectious Disease Defined the American Bathroom

Cholera and tuberculosis outbreaks transformed the design and technology of the home bathroom. Will Covid-19 inspire a new wave of hygiene innovation?

A slice of pepperoni pizza on a plate.

Remembering the Dining Fad of 'Pizza and Pipes'

In restaurants in Arizona, Illinois, and Wisconsin, the 1970s and ’80s craze for “pizza and pipes” lives on.

The opulent anteroom to a ladies' restroom at the Ohio Theatre, a 1928 movie palace in Columbus, Ohio.

The Glamorous, Sexist History of the Women’s Restroom Lounge

Separate areas with sofas, vanities, and even writing tables used to put the “rest” in women’s restrooms. Why were these spaces built, and why did they vanish?

The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, U.K., is a work of Modernist architecture not unlike TB facilities of the same era.

How the Tuberculosis Epidemic Influenced Modernist Architecture

Light, air, and hygiene were not just aesthetic preoccupations of the early Modernists: They were the best treatment for tuberculosis at the time.

America's Obsession With Restaurant Food Safety Dates Back to 1889

Victorian diners loved white tile, too.