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November 20, 1909


Author Affiliations

Instructor in the Theory and Practice of Physic, Harvard University; Physician to Out-Patients, Massachusetts General Hospital BOSTON

JAMA. 1909;LIII(21):1716-1721. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.92550210001001d

In 1903 Dr. James J. Putnam and a number of other Boston physicians established a cooperative hydrotherapeutic institution under the name of the Medical Baths. Rooms were secured and equipped on the top floor of a modern office building conveniently located near the residential part of the city. The object of the enterprise was to furnish facilities for hydrotherapeutic treatments, especially those that require elaborate apparatus and skilled operators, so that all physicians in Boston and vicinity might avail themselves of these approved forms of treatment. At that time there was not a hydrotherapeutic douche apparatus or an electric light bath in the city, and the physicians who wished to have a patient given a wet-sheet rub or a carbon dioxid bath did not know where to find a man or woman familiar with the proper hydrotherapeutic technic.

At a meeting of physicians called by Dr. Putnam in October, 1903, it