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Published: 01 April 2015

288 Pages | 13 Tables, black & white, 12 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 x 5.5 inches

ISBN: 9780719095696

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Healing with water

English spas and the water cure, 1840-1960

edited by Jane M. Adams

Published by Manchester University Press

  • New perspectives on the history of the English spa arguing that health and healing rather than leisure drove growing demand from the middle class in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Delivers a medical history of water cures, demonstrating specialists engaged with new scientific cultures and that balneology and hydrotherapy were integrated with orthodox medicine by the 1890s
  • Demonstrates the enduring use of water cures and regimen in unorthodox healing practices from hydropathy in the 1840s to naturopathy in the 1930s
  • The cultures of health and healing associated with English spas continued to influence broader patterns of resort development, leisure and sociability in Britain
  • Adds an English perspective to an international body of work on water, health, leisure and culture

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