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The neglect of physiologic remedies, of which many physicians in the past have been guilty, is rapidly being replaced by an active interest in these useful therapeutic agents. As one of the most valuable, hydrotherapy has received a good share of attention during the past few years, a fact which is evidenced by the number of books that have appeared on the subject.
In spite of this, Dr. Hinsdale's book needs no apology, since it presents the subject in a clear and untechnical form and its author does not attempt to convey the idea—as do so many who write on special forms of therapy—that this particular method of treatment is the last word in therapeutics. As the author says, while he "is a firm believer in using physiologic therapeutics wherever possible, he by no means wishes to exclude the use of drugs," because he believes that "rational therapeutics calls for
Hydrotherapy. A Work on Hydrotherapy in General, Its Application to Special Affections, the Technic or Processes Employed and the Use of Waters Internally.. JAMA. 1911;LVI(2):149. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560020065038