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Hamlet's Seachange
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1924  Tuesday, 9 November 1999.

From:           H. R. Greenberg <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Nov 1999 20:50:57 EST
Subject:        Hamlet's Seachange

Can anyone out there give me a reference or two about the medical basis
extant in Shakespeare's time that sea and ocean briny freshair too were
curative of many maladies, depression including? I am going to research
this separately through some medical sources, but my fractured memory
takes me back to the Aescalepion where Hippocrates treated melancholics
by having them sleep by the sea to the sound of gentle music; then there
were the baths at Bath and other salt water locales; believe the water
was imbibed as well as swum in. Possibly the Western notions are
Galenic, but I do believe they prevail elsewhere. In any event, any
critical rather than medical writing on this score would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance. HR Greenberg MD ENDIT
 

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