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Re: Curative Waters
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1975  Friday, 12 November 1999.

From:           H. R. Greenberg <
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Date:           Thursday, 11 Nov 1999 16:47:49 EST
Subject: 10.1947 Curative Waters
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1947 Curative Waters

My belief, based on spotty memory of medical school reading, is that the
belief in the curative power of water or waters is extremely ancient,
West and East; probably Galenic, at least. But my particular brief is
the curative power of sea water-sea air-drinking, bathing in, being
near, et cetera.  One remembers Bath and the Regency  bathing machines
at Brighton and elsewhere. But I think the sense of oceanic efficacy for
a variety of ills predates Regency practise considerably. What I am
after is any skinny about Elizabethan belief in the therapeutic value of
ocean, sea, air water so forth. Is there any passage along these lines
in Shakespeare that comes to mind. Music for sure-but I have a dim
apprehension that sea and waves as agents of healing must be there,
somewhere...

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