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November 30, 1889


JAMA. 1889;XIII(22):791-793. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401180033011

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Academy of Medicine—A Plea for the Practical Utilization of Hydro-therapy.

At the last regular meeting of the Academy of Medicine Dr. S. Baruch, who has for a number of years devoted much attention to the subject, read a paper entitled, "A Plea for the Practical Utilization of Hydro-therapy." He stated that this plea would be based upon historical, physiological and clinical grounds, and that it was his purpose to divorce the remedial use of water from its empirical union with hydropathy by urging its simplified employment by the general practitioner in his everyday rounds.

Having referred to the vast literature that had now accumulated on the subject, he gave a historical sketch of hydro-therapeutics from the time of Hippocrates, and then quoted from the writings of such modern clinical teachers as Niemeyer, Ziemssen, Dujardin-Beaumetz, Peter, F. A. Hoffmann and Semmola. The opinions of the most judicious,

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