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October 18, 1884


JAMA. 1884;III(16):431-434. doi:10.1001/jama.1884.02390650011001b

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Professor of Hygiene and Adjunct Professor of the Practice of Medicine in Rush Medical College, Chicago.

It is always a question how much of the benefit experienced by invalids who visit springs and water cures is due to the water and how much to the change of air, scene, occupations, diversions and living. Doubtless both are important. That much is due to the change must be evident to any one who has observed the remarkable effects upon a chronic invalid of a vacation from effort and a journey from home. A few weeks spent out of the usual routine of cares and perhaps drudgery, in rest and amusement, will nearly always put new life into the chronic invalid not yet past recovery or improvement. But the water drank and the baths taken are often, and may nearly always be, of great advantage to the sick. Invalids make all sorts of

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