Wet Bandages, Compresses, etc.
These as we have already seen under the head of wounds and in. juries, are of great value in water treatment. They are used of any desirable size, upon any part of the body, and produce different effects accordingly as they are used. Cooling wet compresses are such as are changed or rewet frequently, and for the most are left uncovered. The warming or stimulating are covered and left upon the part until it becomes as warm or warmer than natural. Warm fomentations are useful in certain cases, but the hot should, as a rule, be discarded.
The wet girdle is one of the most useful of all medical appliances. Two and a half or three yards of good toweling, with tapes arranged at one end, the comers of which have been tamed over and sewed so as to form a point, forms a good girdle. It should pass usually three times about the body, one half having been wet. This brings two thicknesses of wet on the abdomen and one upon the back. At Graefenberg, this application was worn by every patient, and, as a rule, all of the time. It is useful in a great variety of ailments, both acute and chronic. The same form of application is also useful for the arms, legs, etc., the tapes being used in preference to pins.
The wet jacket, or chest wrapper, is also a valuable resort in diseases of the chest. Oiled silk and other similar articles, as I have elsewhere observed, are not to be used upon these local applications.
The following is the substance of Dr. Show's description of hydropathic appliances.
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