I do not intend to go into elaborate detail as to the history of the ablutions of man from the time Adam and Eve in their pristine bathing costumes, plunged into the cooling waters of Eden to the present era, when their descendants are carrying the rage for everything antique to the point of fashioning their bathing costumes as nearly as possible after those of their good old father and mother.
Suffice it that the cold bath maintains its right to belong to the D.A.R. of therapeutics by tracing its ancestry back to the fountain head of medicine, Hippocrates. Musa, Galen, Paulus Ægineta, one of the Savonarolas, Van Helmont, Blair, Huxham, Floyer, Hoffman, the Hahns, Wright, Currie, Priessnitz, Fleury, Brand, Jurgensen, Winternitz, Baruch, thus runs the pedigree, long and distinguished enough to have it fare better in this generation; and certainly should procure a hearing for it from any collection
THOMAS JD. COLD BATHS; THEIR USE AND ABUSE.. JAMA. 1896;XXVII(26):1330-1335. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02431040012001c