The patient stands in a wash tub, bathing tub, or other convenient
place, when, by means of a pail, pitcher, or basin, the assistant pours water upon the head, neck, etc., either upon the whole of the body or only upon a part. The water is used in quantity’ and temperature according to the necessities of the case. The affusion is one of the best of hydropathic modes.
Fifty years ago Dr. Currie, of England, performed great cures in fever by the affusion, sometimes tepid, at others cold, according to the strength and beat of the patient. If there was great heat, the water was used cold; if not, the reverse. In a variety of febrile diseases, such as typhus fever, scarlet fever, small pox, measles, tetanus, convulsions, etc., he used this remedy with remarkable success.
Towel and Sponge Bath.
WITH one or two coarse towels and a quart or two of water we
may take a very good bath almost anywhere, even in a carpeted room,
at a hotel, or wherever we may be, without spilling a drop of the
water. After a person becomes accustomed to this form of ablution,
none but the most indolent will be willing to do Without it, unless
they can have some other form of bath. A daily towel ablution,
thoroughly performed, is an excellent prevention against colds, helps
the appetite and digestion, and is a good means of preventing constipation.
Some are in the habit of sitting in a half bath or a sitz tub, and with a large sponge making the water pass freely upon the head, neck, shoulders, and other parts of the body. At the same time the bather may pour water from a cup, basin or pitcher, upon the bead, neck, etc. This is a mild affusion, and stronger in effect than the towel bath.
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