This section is from the book "Shampooing Or Benefits Resulting From The Use Of The Indian Medicated Vapour Bath", by Sake Dene Mahomed. Also available from Amazon: Shampooing: Or Benefits Resulting From The Use Of The Indian Medicated Vapor Bath.
Thus have I attempted a brief treatise on asthmatic complaints, and the mode of treatment resorted to by the faculty. I may now be permitted to state my remedial method, under the various and conflicting circumstances of this disease The cases which follow will speak for me; they will prove, at least, the qualified success which has attended me in these instances, which with little difference, actuated by circumstances, were all relieved by the same simple means. I administered to the patient daily the Vapour Bath, prepared in some little degree different to that which I apply in other cases, and ordered him to be kept warm. "This only is the witchcraft" which I use in relieving the virulence of this disease.
In innumerable other similar cases, my efforts have been attended with the same satisfactory results, and to enter further into the mode of treatment I adopt, is, and must appear, wholly needless.
Sir, - I spontaneously give testimony, under my hand, of the great service I experienced by your medicated sea-water Vapour Bath, and Shampooing. I do it the more willingly because I desire the good of others; it being a pity that such a valuable remedy should not be made public. I have been afflicted with a bad cough and asthma, for five years, and have been so ill for the last two months, that I could not lie down without danger of being suffocated. I lost my senses three or four times in the day, and as often at night, so that I dropped out of my chair motionless. By taking your baths a few times, I am infinitely better, and have not had a fit since.
You are welcome to make what use of this you please, for the good of others.
No. 13, New Steyne, Brighton. Feb. 1st. 1815.
Dear Sir, - The great benefit I have derived from the use of the Shampooing bath, induces me to address you, not omitting my cordial thanks for the attention 1 received during the time 1 was under your care. I have been troubled with a confirmed asthma, for more than ten years, and have suffered greatly from the violence of the repeated attacks arising from change of situation, and from exposure to humid and thick atmospheres. During the ten years, with the exception of the last eleven months, I have never been free from the most distressing and painful fits of this disease for a month together, but, since the application of your bath, and the soothing efficacy of your method of shampooing, I have never experienced a return of those dreadful attacks, which rendered life a burthen - not that I mean to affirm, the malady is effectually removed, but that its virulence is considerably mitigated, and it is but justice due to you to make this candid avowal, and to acknowledge my firm conviction, that no better remedy can be applied in cases like mine, than that by which I have derived so much benefit.
I was always of a weak and delicate habit, and therefore cannot say that I am perfectly in health, but, since I was first afflicted with the disease, of which you have so signally relieved me, I have never been so well and so perfectly free from pain, and all the attendant symptoms of that afflicting and terrible complaint.
I cannot too gratefully express myself for the service you have rendered me, and I trust I shall never forget your unde-viating attention to me, when under your kind care at Brighton. I am, dear Sir, yours very faithfully,
Burton Crescent, Oct. 14, 1819. T. Heron.
My Dear Sir, - It gives me infinite pleasure to take up my pen to return you my sincere thanks for the service you have rendered me, by the recommendation of your Vapour Bath for the amelioration of the dreadful malady under which I have so long suffered. Prior to the use of your Bath, I scarcely passed a fortnight without a fit of asthma, but since I first tried the Vapour, I have neither been troubled so frequently, nor so severely, as before.
If my time and occupation will allow of it, I shall pass nearly the whole of next winter in Brighton, for the purpose of trying further the virtues of your Bath and Shampooing.
I am, my dear Sir,
Yours very truly,
Oxford-street, Jan. 14, 1821. George Martin.