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PHILOSOPHY OF THE BATH,

WITH

A HISTORY OF HYDRO-THERAPEUTICS AND OF THE
HOT-AIR BATH FROM THE EARLIEST AGES.

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"Non est vivere, sed valere vita."-MARTIAL.

"He hath abandoned his Physicians, Madam, under whose practice he hath
persecuted time with hopes, and finds no other advantages in the process, but only
the losing of hope by time."-SHAKESPERE.

LONDON:

W. KENT & CO., 23, PATERNOSTER ROW.

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PREFACE.

TO THE

THIRD EDITION.

In the preface to the first edition of this work, it was stated that the publication was undertaken in the hope that it "might aid in diffusing a more correct knowledge of the Bath than generally prevails."

That hope has not been disappointed, for undoubtedly much of the unreasoning opposition which, in its early progress after revival among us, the Bath was doomed to encounter, has been gradually overcome; and although a good deal of prejudiced hostility respecting its uses is still to be met with in society, yet that opposition is neither so active nor so dogmatically expressed as formerly. The general tendency of Opinion is now to admit the merits of the Bath-to acknowledge that, properly administered, it does possess invaluable qualities, tending to prevent diseased bodily conditions, and to maintain the functions of health.

To this improved state of Opinion it is only fair to

acknowledge that the enlightened members of the Medical Profession have powerfully contributed. A few years ago only a very select number of medical men could be found who adequately appreciated the singular merits of the Bath. Some reluctantly sanctioned, while but few indeed openly recommended, its use. But now, however, the case is quite the reverse, and it is still more encouraging to know that the number who appreciate aright its remarkable Prophylactic and Therapeutic properties is annually on the increase.

LONDON, May, 1873.

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