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Healing with waterEnglish spas and the water cure, 1840-1960$
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Jane M. Adams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719095696

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719095696.001.0001

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The theory and practice of the water cure

The theory and practice of the water cure

(p.23) 1 The theory and practice of the water cure
Healing with water

Jane M. Adams

Manchester University Press

This chapter explores the changing theories put forward to explain the therapeutic effects of water and investigates how it was applied in various treatments. It discusses the routines and practices for ‘taking the waters’ at spas in the early nineteenth century and assesses the impact of the new therapeutic methods introduced by hydropathy in the 1840s. Despite antipathy towards unorthodox hydropathists in the mid-nineteenth century by the 1890s hydropathic techniques were integrated into orthodox medicine through the specialty of balneology and climatology. Medical hydrology became accepted as part of the rational therapeutics of scientific medicine. Despite increased emphasis on technique and technology water cures continued to emphasise the importance of wider regimen. (112)

Keywords:   water, spa, hydropathy, unorthodox, orthodox, healing, hydrotherapy, balneology, hydrology, regimen

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