JOHN D. CURRENCE, M.D., F.A.C.P.
The use of hydrotherapy is one of the oldest therapeutic measures in our medical armamentarium. From ancient Greek, Roman and Hindu writings, we find that balneology was highly developed, probably reaching its peak in the declining centuries of the Roman Empire. There is no record, however, that the specific therapeutic indications for the baths were known at that time.1
As a result of the many clinical investigations into the etiology and pathogenesis of osteoarthritis, we may conclude that the disease is a degenerative one, hence the terms hypertrophic or degenerative arthritis. For the most part it is a senescent process,
CURRENCE JD. HYDROTHERAPY IN OSTEOARTHRITIS1. Ann Intern Med. ;32:682–687. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-32-4-682
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