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February 21, 1891


JAMA. 1891;XVI(8):274-275. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410600022006

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As a means of markedly invigorating the entire organism, and rendering thereby the system less prone to the influence of all external disease-producing agencies, an English physician reports, in a recent number of the British Medical Journal, the benefits of a daily morning cold bath. The bath used is cold. Often the ice has to be broken before the bath can be taken. Then the skin is toweled thoroughly. This physician says he never has a "cold;" never wears an overcoat— whatever the weather may be; has had no illness for many years; and would as soon think of stopping his meals, as to drop off the customary cold "tubbing."

In this connection might be mentioned the still more radical system of Father Kneipp, the villiage priest of Voerishofen, Bavaria. It is said that he is well-regarded by the medical profession, and that many doctors go to him to learn

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