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Hydrotherapy


Hydrotherapy Wraps at St. Elizabeths. Photograph, c. 1900. In one hydrotherapy practice, attendants would wet bed sheets with varying temperatures of water, wrap the patients, and wait for several hours. Hot water was used for patients with insomnia, while cold water was used on manic patients. Courtesy National Archives and Records Administration.