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Healing with water

English spas and the water cure, 1840–1960

By Jane M. Adams

Healing with water
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-9569-6
  • Pages: 304
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: March 2015
  • BIC Category: History of Medicine, History, History of medicine, MEDICAL / Alternative & Complementary Medicine, MEDICAL / History, Complementary Therapies, Healing & Health, Medicine / History of medicine

Description

Healing with water provides a medical and social history of English spas and hydropathic centres from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. It argues that demand for healing rather than leisure drove the growth of a number of inland resorts which became renowned for expertise and treatment facilities. These aspects were actively marketed to doctors and patients. It assesses the influence of these centres on broader patterns of resort development, leisure and sociability in Britain. The study explores ideas about water's healing potential and the varied ways it was used to maintain good health and treat a variety of illnesses. Water cures were endorsed by both orthodox and unorthodox practitioners and attracted growing numbers of patients into the twentieth century. It examines how institutions and skilled workers shaped the development of specialist resorts and considers why the NHS support for spa treatment declined from the 1960s.

Contents

Introduction
1 The theory and practice of the water cure
2 The development and marketing of specialist water cure resorts
3 Specialisation at the water cure: institutions and skilled workers
4 Water cure, regimen and healthy living
5 Water, health and leisure
6 National assets and national interests: spas and the state
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

Author

Jane Adams is an Associate Member of the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick

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