Water is best: the hydros and health tourism in Scotland, 1840-1940

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John Donald, Aug 1, 2006 - Medical - 186 pages
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"In the mid-nineteenth century a new system of water treatment, called hydropathy, arrived in Britain, and nowhere did it take stronger root than in Scotland, where the setting in attractive locations provided an ideal environment for relaxing and revitalising. The appeal of the curative regime, which involved baths, showers and massage, was enhanced in the Scottish hydros by a firm emphasis on temperance, diet, fresh air and exercise. This made the hydros, with their remarkable architecture, favoured places for respectable holidays, and they were loyal supported by the middle classes." "This study examines the enthusiasts and practitioners who ran the hydros, the personnel and patients, the visitors and guests, and looks at why the Scottish hydros became so successful whereas the Scottish spas faded. The book will appeal to those interested in medical history, tourism and social history."--BOOK JACKET.

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Hydropathy Makes its Entrance
Expansion Enthusiasm and Excess 18651882
Consolidation c 18821914

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