September 1936

Thérapeutique hydro-climatologique des maladies du foie et des voies biliaires.

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By Paul Carnot, Maurice Villaret and René Cachera. Paper. Price, 20 francs. Pp. 152. Paris: Masson & Cie, 1935.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1936;58(3):574. doi:10.1001/archinte.1936.00170130203012

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The tone of this tract is set at the start when it is remarked that the chief benefit from hydrotherapy lies in the realm of the mild functional insufficiencies of the liver that cannot be detected by laboratory tests. The discussion of the indications for this form of therapy proceeds from this point. In general, it seems that in the "pre-" states, such as l'état pré-lithiasique and l'état pré-cirrhotique, the condition is most amenable to hydrotherapy, while this form of treatment is contraindicated in cases of frank cirrhosis, lithiasis and cholecystitis. An exception is made in the case of mild hepatitis. The diagnosis of these conditions that may improve with hydrotherapy is too generalized to be of value.

The section devoted to an explanation of the "cure" is vague. The data reported impresses one by the lack of controlled experiments. Throughout this section generalities relating to the acid-base equilibrium, p

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