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November 5, 1898

The Principles and Practice of Hydrotherapy, a Guide to the Application of Water in Disease, for Students and Practitioners of Medicine.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(19):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450190052019

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Abstract

There is no question that in the general neglect of hydrotherapy the profession deprive themselves of a most valuable therapeutic remedy, and this volume, better than any other with which we are acquainted, systematizes and makes available modern methods of therapeutic use of water.

The work treats of the physiologic effects of water; the anatomy and physiology of the skin; functions of the skin; physical properties of water; rationale of the action of water in health; the effects of hydriatic application upon the distribution and composition of the blood; influence of hydriatic application on the respiration, on the muscular system and temperature; the practice of hydrotherapy; ablution; half bath; affusion; sheet bath; cold rub; wet pack: wet compress; precordial compress; the full bath; the cold full bath; therapeutic indication of the full cold bath; fever; reason for therapeutic supremacy of the cold bath; infectious fever; objections urged against the Brand

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