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THE ACID BATH.
THE ACID BATH.
This bath may be made by adding cider vinegar to
water. The Acid bathing has been highly extolled in
mercurial cases. The vegetable acids are far more pre-
ferable in the great variety of cases to those of a mineral
origin. Circumstances frequently arise which may indi-
cate the application of the Sulphuric, or Nitro-muriatic
dilutions, in which cases I generally use about 2 5 of
the latter to a quart of water, and sponge the body; a
very good criterion is to have the water about as sour
as distilled vinegar. When employed in this manner
it is a useful auxiliary in chronic induration, or abscess
of the liver, in cutaneous diseases, and in syphilitic or
mercurial cachexia. It is highly extolled in the pro-
portions of Nitro-muriatic acid 3iii, to water three gal-
lons, as a foot bath. When employed in this way, Dr.
Scott says, it acts like a charm during the passage of
biliary calculi through the duct.
THE ALKALINE BATH.
There are a great variety of baths, such as the Arti-
ficicial Barege bath, Sulphuric-gelatinous bath, Subli-
mate bath, and Artificial Harrowgate bath, all of which
baths are suited generally to Prurigo, (Itch) and other
cutaneous diseases, and all of which are too well known
to require any particular notice; but of all the medi-
cated baths, and probably the most simple, I conceive
the Alkaline bath the most important. While in the
act of perspiration there is a secretion from the sub-
cutaneous glands, this secretion is of an oleaginous cha-
racter; it deposits itself upon the surface of the cuticle,
and there forms in many instances a positive mechani-
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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/m1/40/: accessed August 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting University of Texas Health Science Center Libraries.