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May 15, 1915

HYDROTHERAPY IN THE TREATMENT OF MENTAL DISEASES: ITS FORMS, INDICATIONS, CONTRAINDICATIONS AND UNTOWARD EFFECTS

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Chief Resident Physician, Philadelphia Hospital for the Insane PHILADELPHIA

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(20):1650-1651. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570460026009

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Abstract

The forms of hydrotherapy available are ordinary sponging (cold or tepid), hot packs, cold packs, enteroclysis, hypodermoclysis and the free use of water internally. Hot packs and cold packs are especially advantageous in those conditions in which the tubs, cabinets and sprays are contraindicated. They are exceedingly useful in the extramural treatment of the insane, and possess unusual advantages in the intramural treatment of the various psychoses. The free use of water by mouth is indicated in all forms of insanity. Enteroclyses as well as hypodermoclyses are especially advantageous in the treatment of all cases showing exhaustion, excitement or depression. Swimming pools are useful for exercise and diversion.

METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION  Many hospitals overlook the free administration of drinking water in the treatment of these diseases. In order that the patient may receive the necessary amount of water, the physician in charge should prescribe the amount desired, just as he

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