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Article
November 6, 1943

AMERICAN HEALTH RESORTS: IMPORTANCE OF REST, EXERCISE AND DIETARY REGULATION IN THE SPA REGIMEN

Author Affiliations

HOT SPRINGS, VA.

JAMA. 1943;123(10):631-634. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.82840450006008
Abstract

It is difficult to write a readable article about the obvious. Remove the three items mentioned in the title from a regimen and there remains no regimen either at a spa or at any other institution designed to preserve or promote health. There will be no references in this paper to the historical background of spas. This has been covered in another article. As for the literature, discussions of rest, exercise and diet in treatment occur over and over. When a spa regimen is mentioned these three items stand out. In textbooks on medicine, however, it is difficult to find references to a spa or a spa regimen. I have examined the 1941 edition of an excellent textbook of medicine.1 One hundred and forty-four leading American physicians contributed to this volume. More space is devoted to discussions of treatment than was the practice in textbooks of medicine a few

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