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Philipsburg, Mont., July 7, 1903.
To the Editor:—I noticed lately an article on the improvised Russian baths of the North American aborigine. In Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, Washington and British Columbia they are erected on the banks of streams, rivers and lakes, and in close proximity to a deep pool. Sometimes the work is extremely crude, just a few willow boughs slightly interlaced and barely large enough to hold an adult in a crouching position, the hole in the center, a shallow depression, and no attempt at comfort for the victim. Accompanying this is a photograph of the best constructed one I ever saw. It was made by Flatheads, or as they call themselves, "Selish." The length was 95 inches on the ground, and the height 81 inches in the center. The willows from each side are deftly twisted and braided together in the middle, the ends are tied with
Conyngham EF. An Indian Bath.. JAMA. 1903;XLI(5):323. doi:10.1001/jama.1903.04480020031018