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PHILOSOPHY OF THE BATH,
A HISTORY OF HYDRO-THERAPEUTICS AND OF THE
"Non est vivere, sed valere vita."-MARTIAL.
"He hath abandoned his Physicians, Madam, under whose practice he hath
W. KENT & CO., 23, PATERNOSTER ROW.
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.