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April 5, 1941

Hydrotherapy in Psychiatric Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;116(14):1605. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820140117030

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This revision of a 1932 edition devotes the introductory chapter to a historical sketch of hydrotherapeutic principles established during the last few centuries. Here one learns of the experiments which demonstrated that a cold bath may produce a mild leukocytosis or a material increase in the circulation of the red blood cells. The book is splendidly illustrated to make clear the nature of equipment or technics that may be employed to produce such effects as sedation, relief of pain, reduction of fever, elimination and stimulation—all to be accomplished by water used in one way or another. The need for accurate prescription writing is stressed. One section is especially given to the task of teaching physicians the fundamentals of this art. The physician who would master it must be a clinical physiologist as interested in the effects of heat and cold as he would be in those of digitalis or other

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