This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics: An Introduction to the National Treatment of Disease", by John Mitchell Bruce. Also available from Amazon: The pharmacology and therapeutics of the materia medica.
32° to 60o
Refrigerant in fever. Refreshing: The morning bath.
60o „ 70o
The same, but less marked.
The same in weaker subjects.
85° „ 95°
Detergent (cleansing), physically and chemically; soothes the nerves.
Ordinary personal cleanliness. Allays restlessness of fever and lowers temperature.
95° „ 100o
Raises local temperature; stimulates local circulation; stimulates glands, increasing discharge of warm secretions, and evaporation; soothes the nerves and the corresponding centres.
Diaphoretic in fever; diaphoretic in uraemia; anodyne; antispasmodic.
100° „ 106°
The same, but more marked.
The same, but is more powerful.
Attracts blood to part bathed.
To stimulate menstrual flow.
Attracts blood from distant parts.
To relieve internal congestions, as in catarrh and apoplexy.