Treating the Gout - Miserable distempers p.53

Here the author discusses the healing properties of a natural soap made in Bath. 'Innumerable Crowds of Cripples of all sorts' he writes, 'and those other Persons made miserable by Chronical Distempers, sent thence, every Year, cur'd, or reliev'd, do witness, more convincingly that either Philosophy or Rhetorick can.'

 

About Observations concerning the Nature and due Method of Treating Gout

This book examines the nature of gout, and the restorative effects of the Bath waters. Published in 1720, the author lists all the harmful effects of an Englishman's lifestyle: 'the Rankness of the Soil, the Richness of the Provisions; the living so much on Flesh Meats; the Inconstancy of the Weather, and the indulging in sedentary Amusements, or Speculative Studies.' To combat these problems, he writes, 'kind Heaven has provided Bath Waters.'

 

Taken from: Observations concerning the Nature and due method of treating Gout
Author / Creator: George Cheyne
Publisher: G Strahan
Date: 1720
Copyright: By permission of the British Library Board
Shelfmark: 1188.d.1.(4)