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September 1933

Clinique et thérapeutique hydro-climatique.

Arch NeurPsych. 1933;30(3):706. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1933.02240150236022

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This is an excellent monograph on hydroclimatology as confined exclusively to France. It contains an introductory historical chapter which, however, does not pretend to enumerate and describe all the mineral springs for hydrotherapeutic practice through the centuries. The distinguishing feature of the book is the exposition of the nature of the various diseases considered and the rationale of the various spas recommended for their mineral and climatic healing virtues.

While emphasizing the undisputed value of crenotherapy by sulphur-laden waters in conjunction with the administration of mercurials and bismuth, a distinction is dogmatically made between the therapeutic indications for each mineral water in relation to the different manifestations of syphilis. For the specific treatment of neurosyphilis, and especially tabes, as well as painful neuritis, hemiplegic sequelae and myelitis, the station at Lamalou is recommended. In cases in which pain is severe, the station at Neris is equally indicated.