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January 1, 1938


JAMA. 1938;110(1):40-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.62790010003009

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Physicians who visit any number of American spas and health resorts will find that there is something radically wrong with nearly every one of them. Manager and owner complain that this is due to lack of patronage by physicians. But physicians find that few of the resorts are worthy of their patronage. Obviously a vicious circle exists, which, like the vicious circles of disease, can be broken only by a suitable remedy.

THERAPEUTIC VALUE  Many American spas and health resorts are so poorly visited by patients that their managers have been forced to cater to the well and the wealthy to enable their institutions to survive. This has been done chiefly by providing some form of sport. Physicians may well ask whether such institutions have any therapeutic value at all.From time immemorial, mankind has had great faith in mineral waters. When a spring was discovered it was subjected at

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