Congress of Hydrology, Climatology and Physical Therapy
The Associazione medica italiana di idrologia, climatologia e terapia fisica held recently in Milan its eighteenth national congress. The congress was opened with an address by the chairman, Professor Devoto, in which he recalled the work of the association during forty years of activity spent in developing the natural therapeutic resources of Italy. An address by Professor Piccinini followed in which he announced the outcome of the prize contest held by the association on the subject "The Historical Evidence and the Actual Remains of Roman Thermal Baths in Italy." The winner was Dr. Botto-Micca of Turin.
THE MECHANISM OF THE ACTION OF MINERAL BATHS
Speaking on the first main topic, "The Mechanism of the Action of Mineral Baths," Professor Valenti of Milan explained the various theories proposed to account for the therapeutic effects of mineral baths (the theory of absorption, of contact, of