Healing Waters: A History of Victorian Spas

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McFarland, Mar 11, 2019 - History - 248 pages
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Modern spas are wellness resorts that offer beauty treatments, massages and complementary therapies. Victorian spas were sanitariums, providing "water cure" treatments supplemented by massage, vibration, electricity and radioactivity. Rooted in the palliative health reforms of the early 19th century, spas of the Victorian Age grew out of the hydrotherapy institutions of the 1840s--an alternative to the horrors of bleeding and purging. The regimen focused on diet, rest, cessation of alcohol and foods that upset the stomach, stress reduction and plenty of water. The treatments, though sometimes of a dubious nature, formed the transition from the primitive methods of "heroic medicine" to the era of scientifically based practices.

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Significant Dates in the Evolution of the Victorian Spa
One Healing Waters
Two Heroic Medicine Indeed
Three Towards Gentler Treatments
Four The Quest for Healthy Eating
Five Water as the Universal Cure
Six The Water Cure Comes to America
Twelve Victorian Watering Places
Thirteen Springs and Spas in America
Fourteen The Battle Creek San
Fifteen The Cereal Battles
Sixteen The Spas Transform
Victorian Medical Terminology
Composition of Representative Mineral Springs

Seven Elusive Victorian Diseases
Eight Taking the Plunge
Nine Bathing the Insides
Ten Shocking Treatments
Eleven Treatments Galore

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Jeremy Agnew, a biomedical electronics consultant, holds a PhD in engineering and has been involved in the design and manufacture of medical devices for more than 30 years. He lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has written several books on the Old West.

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