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December 4, 1943


Author Affiliations

Superintendent and Medical Director, Respectively, the Saratoga Spa SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y.

JAMA. 1943;123(14):898-900. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.82840490003010

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I. OWNERSHIP  Unlike most spas in continental Europe, American health resorts are generally privately owned. Such resorts as Hot Springs, Va., French Lick, Ind., Glen Springs and Sharon Springs, N. Y., Arrowhead Springs, Calif., those at Mineral Wells and at Marlin, Texas, and many others are in the hands of privately formed corporations or individuals. The best known examples of government owned resorts are the Thermal Water Reservation at Hot Springs, Ark., the New York State Spa at Saratoga Springs, the state controlled springs at Thermopolis, Wyo., and the municipal development at Excelsior Springs, Mo. A survey of the field shows that the form of ownership seemingly bears little relation to the extent of the medical and physical development of a resort.

II. ADMINISTRATION  Ownership is not always the deciding factor in the type of administration. Perhaps the factors of extent, of objective and of medical and physical development may

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