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April 16, 1887

A CONTRIBUTION TO THE THERAPEUTICS OF WATER, AND THE PHYSIOLOGICAL ACTION OF HEAT AND COLD.Read before the Chicago Pathological Society, January 11, 1887.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(16):421-427. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391410001001
Abstract

In view of the tact that modern medicine is chiefly occupied in bacteriological investigations of a more or less practical nature, it is perhaps too much for one to expect a subject as old and apparently wellworn as that selected for discussion in the present paper, to attract much attention, or excite a great deal of interest. I am convinced, however, that there are those present who, if they so choose, can express views upon the action of heat and cold, and upon hydrotherapy in general, which will be both interesting and profitable. A desire to hear such expressions of opinion upon a subject in which I am greatly interested, rather than the hope of adding greatly to our general fund of information, must be my apology for presenting this paper.

The usefulness of water in its various forms in the prevention and treatment of disease is very great, and

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