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ALCOHOLIC VAPOR BATH.
and in violent acute disease is entitled to great conside-
ration. When used, the viscid matter, which will be
found on the surface of the body after its application,
should be washed off by the alkaline bath, and rubbed
dry .with a coarse towel.
ALCOHOLIC VAPOR BATH.
This bath has many advantages over- the simple
Vapor bath; it possesses all of its advantages, accom
panied with stimulating effects of the alcohol which
rises in vapor. In administering this bath you place
the patient in a solid bottomed. chair, and a very good
mode is to place his feet in a warm pedeluvian bath,
place a blanket around him, and let him drink freely of
some diaphoretic tea. Horse mint is found here in great
abundance, and makes a good ptisan. Place your alcohol
in a saucer or open dish, and put it under the chair; if
the vapor becomes too warm, you will open the blanket
and let in fresh air. When your patient complains of
fatigue, you will wrap him up in the blanket, and place
him in bed, and suffer him to perspire for some length
of time; you will then rub his body with weak lye, and
rub dry with a coarse towel.
I flatter myself when you use this bath for the pur-
pose of producing perspiration, that you will afterwards
frequently have recourse to it; it does not have that
tendency to prostrate which follows the simple vapor
bath, nor is your patient so liable to take cold after-
wards. I have had great success with this remedy, in
relieving rheumatic and other inflammatory fevers.
This remedy I suggested some years ago to some medi-
cal friends, who entertain for it an opinion equal to my
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Massie, J. Cam. A Treatise on the Eclectic Southern Practice of Medicine, book, 1854; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth143817/m1/39/: accessed June 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.