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Water, as an agent in the treatment of disease, is a remedy which should not be too lightly estimated, as it is more or less concerned in all those changes which take place in inorganic matter, and is essential to the life and growth of all living organisms, whether animal or vegetable. When taken into the stomach it acts by its temperature, its bulk, its absorption, and as a solvent for mineral and vegetable matters which otherwise could produce no beneficial action in the animal economy. When natural spring waters are so far impregnated with foreign substances as to have a decided taste and a peculiar therapeutic action, they are classed in the Pharmacopoeia as mineral waters, and are divided into five classes: the carbonated, alkaline, sulphuretted, saline (including magnesian, chalybeate and chlorinated), and silicious. The name of each of these classes suggests its peculiar impregnation; but analysis of the
SMALL JW. THE THERAPEUTIC ACTION OF TONICA WATER. WITH THE HISTORY OF TWENTY-SIX CASES WHERE IT HAS BEEN USED.Read in the Section of Practice of Medicine and Physiology, at the Forty-second Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, held at Washington, D. C., May, 1891. JAMA. 1891;XVI(22):772–775. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410740016001c
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