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PREFACE
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APPENDIX A
APPENDIX B HISTORY-1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.2
APPENDIX B HISTORY-2.3
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.1
APPENDIX B HISTORY-3.2
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constantly tending to become synonymous with brothels. (T. 

Wright, _Homes of Other Days_, 1871, pp. 494-496, gives an 

account of them.) 

 

In France the baths, being anathematized by both Catholics and 

Huguenots, began to lose vogue and disappear. "Morality gained," 

remarks Franklin, "but cleanliness lost." Even the charming and 

elegant Margaret of Navarre found it quite natural for a lady to 

mention incidentally to her lover that she had not washed her 

hands for a week. Then began an extreme tendency to use 

cosmetics, essences, perfumes, and a fierce war with vermin, up 

to the seventeenth century, when some progress was made, and 

persons who desired to be very elegant and refined were 

recommended to wash their faces "nearly every day." Even in 1782, 

however, while a linen cloth was advised for the purpose of 

cleaning the face and hands, the use of water was still somewhat 

discountenanced. The use of hot and cold baths was now, however, 

beginning to be established in Paris and elsewhere, and the 

bathing establishments at the great European health resorts were 

also beginning to be put on the orderly footing which is now 

customary. When Casanova, in the middle of the eighteenth 

century, went to the public baths at Berne he was evidently 

somewhat surprised when he found that he was invited to choose 

his own attendant from a number of young women, and when he 

realized that these attendants were, in all respects, at the 

disposition of the bathers. It is evident that establishments of 

this kind were then already dying out, although it may be added 

that the customs described by Casanova appear to have persisted 

in Budapest and St. Petersburg almost or quite up to the present. 

The great European public baths have long been above suspicion in 

this respect (though homosexual practices are not quite 

excluded), while it is well recognized that many kinds of hot 

baths now in use produce a powerfully stimulating action upon the 

sexual system, and patients taking such baths for medical 

purposes are frequently warned against giving way to these 

influences. 

 

The struggle which in former ages went on around bathing 

establishments has now been in part transferred to massage 

establishments. Massage is an equally powerful stimulant to the 

skin and the sexual sphere,--acting mainly by friction instead of 

mainly by heat,--and it has not yet attained that position of 

general recognition and popularity which, in the case of bathing 

establishments, renders it bad policy to court disrepute. 

 

Like bathing, massage is a hygienic and therapeutic method of 

influencing the skin and subjacent tissues which, together with 

its advantages, has certain concomitant disadvantages in its 

liability to affect the sexual sphere. This influence is apt to 


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