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The hot bath, as employed at the Cincinnati Hospital, is given in pneumonia at a temperature of about 100 degrees. In the cases which furnish the material for this report the temperature of the water has been at times 95, at others 102 degrees; in a few cases a temperature of 110 degrees has been advised. Judged by results, no very great difference could be observed dependent upon the slight elevation of temperature in the water employed. A tablespoonful of whisky is given before immersion. The tub is moved alongside the bed of the patient and immersion of the body is complete, the level of the water rising to the chin. The stay in the bath is prolonged to ten minutes, during which time the face is frequently sponged with cold water. On emerging from the bath the patient, without previous drying of the skin, is wrapped in a warm
EICHBERG J. HOT BATHS IN PNEUMONIA.. JAMA. 1897;XXIX(3):108-111. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440290014001f