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December 3, 1910

Dr. Shepard and the Turkish Bath

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230056022

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To the Editor:—  The death of Dr. Charles H. Shepard, of Brooklyn, Oct. 29, 1910, deserves more than a passing notice, from the fact that he was literally the founder and promoter of the Turkish bath movement in this country. He was born in Ogdensburg, N. Y., Sept. 25, 1825, and received a medical degree from the New York Medical College in 1848. In 1861 he opened, on a broad scientific basis, the first Turkish bath in America, at Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, and of this he continued in active charge up to, the time of his death.He was a member of the American Medical Association and was secretary in 1893 and 1894 and chairman in 1895 of the Section now designated the Section on Preventive Medicine and Public Health. For many years he contributed articles to this Section, and was one of the earliest writers in this country on

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