An Essay on Warm, Cold, and Vapour Bathing
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1819 edition. Excerpt: ...from whatever cause they originated, or whatever-part of that organ they affected; hence they recommended an hundred different remedies of the most various and opposite kinds for the cure of one disease, and their advice is of no use to us, because we cannot tell in what species of the disease the medicine would be of any service. Nosol. Tom. I. p. 86. so improperly, though so universally recommended. I am aware that I shall require all my reader's patience and impartiality, while I differ so essentially from the general opinion and practice. Dr. A. P. Buchan, in his excellent treatise on Sea Bathing, says, that Cutaneous DisEases are not benefitted, but in general rendered worse, by bathing in the sea. As many people, however, with complaints of the skin, either by their own accord, or by the advice of others, do resort to the sea, I have omitted no opportunity of enquiring among those persons, who, from their situation, were likely to afford me information on this subject; and though some have told me, that bathing in the sea must do good in eruptive complaints, because it makes them come out, that is, it makes them worse, I have not discovered any good grounds to induce me to alter the opinion now stated. In almost every species of cutaneons disorders there is more orlessof inflammatory action, or increased circulation in the part affected: hence the cold bath must act as a repellent, forcing the circulation and that matter which the vigour of the constitution has thrown upon the skin to some internal part, thereby produring a congestion in the liver, the lungs, the brain, or some other vital organ. I once knew an instance of an eruption being repelled by the cold bath, produce a brain fever, which ended in madness; and several cases are on...
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