Massage as a Therapeutic Agent

J. K. Spender
1886 BMJ (Clinical Research Edition)  
y 2, 188& I EP -BRITISt MED&AL" UdoATRVAL. my old sheet-anuhor opium. IThe method of cleaning' the-peritoneunm by filling the abdomen with blood-warm unfiltered watet fromi -the tap, and washing out the organ, and repeating thi4 -till the water comes off clear, reminds me too vividly of the post mortem table to be readily accepted. I trust that Sir Spencer Wells, and othir pioneers in this branch of surgery, will give us their views on the difficult procedure advised in this paper; for, as the
more » ... paper; for, as the proof of the pudding is in the.eating, so can Mr. Tait, by his splendid su-ceas, sho* cause why his treatment ought to be followed. -Yours, etc., Swansea. J. FARRANT FRY. MASSAGE AS A THER4YELrTIC AGENT. Si.,-If Dr. Murrell would 'ktaea jourl9y one day to Bath, he might be astonished to' find that n-assage is pradtisel here according, to the most scientific method's, and oby well trained 'people. It is regarded as-an essential pa,rt of oulur systUei of-therrmal b4thing, a4d has been carried: out very thdhon ghly 'fr quite te years. ' In a contribution to the (now deceased) 72di&al i*TPes and GaZette for March, 1878, I described effewriage, petrissaegc, and tat e7nent, as they were then done in Bath, uinder medical sanction; and'their more recent development is a matter of common notoriety. Dr.' MurKell may feel comfort in knowing that there i,9 hardly a Spa in Englandat which massage-is not recognised' by "skilled physicians 'alnd surgeons" as a reaIly "scientific mode of treatment, 'and' that Germsany possesses no monopoly of knowledge.
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