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THE PROBLEM OF THE AMERICAN SPAS

RICHARD KOVACS, M.D.
JAMA. 1945;127(15):977-981. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.92860150001005.
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These special articles on spa therapy and American Health resorts were prepared under the direction of the Committee on American Health Resorts. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the committee. These articles may be published later as a Handbook on Health Resorts.

A spa is an institution, developed around a mineral spring or springs, which makes curative use of the water in conjunction with other natural resources and physical treatment agencies, such as rest, exercise and diet. A well organized spa must provide suitable physical facilities and trained technical help to administer these therapeutic agents, as well as competent medical supervision. No other country is so richly endowed with natural resources and such a variety of climate as our own United States; yet in contrast to the world renowned spas of the continent of Europe, which up to the time of the present world war have attracted

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