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As a result of a thorough study of the effects of the short cold bath upon man Riley concludes that it increases the circulation and nutrition of the skin, increases muscle tone, increases muscular endurance and capacity, lessens muscular fatigue, increases the force, and lessens the rate of the heart beat, increases the tone and nutrition of the blood vessels, increases systolic and pulse blood pressure, decreases diastolic pressure, stimulates and improves the circulation, increases the depth and rate of respiration, increases the oxygenation of the blood, increases absorption of oxygen, increases the metabolism and chemical changes of the body
The Reactions of the Body to the Short Cold Bath.. Ann Intern Med. ;2:384–385. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-2-4-384
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1928;2(4):384-385.
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