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February 10, 1940

British Health Resorts, Spa, Seaside, Inland, Including Those of the British Dominions and Colonies. With Chapters on the Science of Waters and Baths, the Climates of the Coast and the "Invalids' Winter."

JAMA. 1940;114(6):517-518. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810060063031

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In the foreword the minister of health stresses the importance of health resorts in the national fitness campaign. He points out that the recent extension of holidays with pay makes the health resorts of inestimable value. The chapters on the scientific basis of medical practice at the spas and the coast have been rewritten. Also the analysis of the regional climates has been amplified with new data. The editor has presented a simple classification of mineral waters and has agreeably omitted all claims for the specificity of any particular water for any particular condition. He points out the fact that the selection of the proper spa for treatment depends to a considerable degree on the constitution of the patient as well as on his particular disease. This emphasizes again the important fact that spa therapy is effective through its influence on disordered bodily function rather than being a specific for

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