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Healing with water: English spas and the water cure, 1840-1960

Jane M. Adams


Healing with water provides a medical and social history of English spas and hydropathic centres from 1840 to 1960. It argues that demand for treatment rather than leisure drove the development of a number of inland resorts which became renowned for expertise and facilities for hydropathy and spa treatment. Water was used in varied therapeutic approaches by both orthodox and unorthodox practitioners. It explores ideas about water’s healing potential, the importance placed on a healthy regimen and how treatment became associated with new institutions and a specialist workforce. Water cures attr ... More

Keywords: water, spa, hydropathy, unorthodox, regimen, healing, leisure, resort, cures

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719095696
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719095696.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane M. Adams, editor
University of Warwick

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