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January 24, 1914

Principles and Practice of Medical Hydrology. Being the Science of Treatment by Waters and Baths.

JAMA. 1914;LXII(4):318. doi:10.1001/jama.1914.02560290068039

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This book discusses the physiology of bathing, hydrotherapy, mineral springs and baths and the indications for hydrologic treatment. In its preparation Fox has made use of the Hyde lectures of 1911 and other contributions which he has made to balneology. He practiced for twenty years at a British spa, and has produced a volume that is readable, instructive, systematic and founded on sound physiology. He says of spa treatment that it is a vain and fruitless ambition for any locality to introduce and exploit all the methods of other places. It is not the number of treatments that counts, but their quality and the skill and discrimination with which they are applied. He remarks that the employment of baths after rheumatic fever is liable to be followed by cardiac debility, and the effect of temperature should be carefully watched. The insidious progressive polyarthritis of young subjects, which is doubtless infective,

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