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The reluctance with which the laity used to submit to the application of ice-bags or to the use of cold water in disease is fast disappearing. Wholesome and general awakening to the full appreciation of the great remedial power possessed in the scientific application of simple means like water and its different forms, vapor or ice (hydrotherapy, thermotherapy or frigerotherapy) instead of relying on antipyretic and analgesic drugs, when fighting systemic or localized inflammations, is evidence that the teaching of men like Esmarch, Winternitz, Schlikoff and others is gaining ground.
There is, however, still field for educational work, not alone among the laity, but also among physicians, as there are many who still keep on "crossing the river in going after water," as the saying is.
Many medical men know the value of cold applications as well as the danger of antipyretic and analgesic drugs, yet they lack the moral
AURNESS PA. ICE-BAGS AND WHEN TO USE THEM.. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(12):880-881. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510390038003b