The Wet Dress.
A MODIFICATION Of the wet sheet, and in some respects an improvement, is the "wet dress," so called.
A coarse linen or cotton dress is made with large arms, so that one may take the application without help. The dress being Wet and applied, the patient lays himself upon blankets, in which he wraps himself just sufficiently to become comfortable. Or, he may have dry flannel dresses to put on over the wet one, and then lie in a common bed. In this application, the air is not excluded from the surface to anything like the same extent as in the common tight pack. Hence, a patient may remain in it a half, or the whole of the night, if he chooses, being careful to become neither too warm nor too cold. Rewetting once or twice in the night will be of service. Often in a single night a bad cold may be thrown off in this simple way.
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