Spreading the News about Hydropathy: How Did Americans Learn to Stop Worrying and Trust the Water Cure?
McDaniel, W. Caleb
This paper was delivered at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic in Baltimore. It was included in a panel on information networks in the early republic and explores the question of how some Americans decided to trust information about the water cure, a nineteenth-century health reform movement also known as hydropathy.
water cure; abolitionism; networks; hydropathy; history of medicine