Health and Hazard: Spa Culture and the Social History of Medicine in the Nineteenth Century

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The spa in nineteenth century European society was a place of intersections: of social class and of ideas, of social and of scientific concepts. As the social showcase for "polite" society, it embodied many of the desires and dreams of the increasingly fashionable middle-class world. As a place prominent in the medical world of its day, the heath spa contributed to the ongoing dialogue of the emergent science of medicine, where both mainstream and voices of medical dissent were to be heard. Thus, in the enclosed and limited ...

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