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August 22, 1896

THE THERAPEUTIC ACTION OF THE TURKISH BATH.

JAMA. 1896;XXVII(8):413-416. doi:10.1001/jama.1896.02430860017001f

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Abstract

My long experience with the Turkish bath prompts me as most essential, before going into the therapeutic aspect of the question, to make you first acquainted with the tools with which you have to work in order to obtain good results. All Turkish baths do not correspond to the requirements of modern science and vary so greatly in this respect that many of them now in existence should cease to exist on this ground. We doctors try to do the best we can for the public and ought to direct the patients only to baths which we have ourselves examined so that we can recommend them conscientiously for curative purposes. But, alas, how many bathers do consult doctors, and how many doctors have taken the trouble of studying balneologic details; hence bathers go to any Turkish bath they hear of without any previous or proper instruction. From my experience of

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