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Wash and be Healed


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Introduction: The Rise of Medical Sectarianism
1. Wash and Be Healed: The Hydropathic Alternative
2. Hydropathy, Woman' sPhysiology, and Her Role
3. Ideology in Practice: Water-Cure Establishments
4. Hydropathy and the Reform Movements
5. Women at the Cures: Rest for the Weary Activist
Conclusion: Demise and Legacy of the Water-Cure Movement
An Essay on Sources

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An exploration of the relationship between hydrotherapy and the women who took the cure

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Susan E. Cayleff is Associate Professor in the Department of Women's Studies at San Diego State University.


"[Cayleff] is eloquent and convincing in her demonstration that water cure presented an alternative to the prevailing view of the inherent weakness of female physiology... [This] richly textured book is a welcome contribution to the growing body of literature on gender and medical practice and should be read by all students of nineteenth-century American medicine." --Bulletin of the History of Medicine "Cayleff has written a lively, thought-provoking account of the water-cure movement and its special meaning for mid-nineteenth-century women... [She] has provided a valuable new perspective on a fascinating epoch in American health reform." --American Historical Review "A major contribution to our understanding of nineteenth-century reform impulses... Cayleff is so deft at describing the appeal of the water-cure to overwrought Victorian women and men, so able at letting her subjects speak to the reader, that the hydropathic propaganda is not only comprehensible, but persuasive... An excellent addition not only to the history of American medicine, but to nineteenth-century social and intellectual history in general." --Medical Humanities Review "Clearly written, well-researched, and argued, Wash and Be Healed is an accessible and valuable book to all interested in nineteenth-century social history or the history of medicine." --Journal of the Early Republic

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