Bathing, in general, signifies the act of immersing the body, or part of it, into water, or any other fluid ; and is a practice coeval with mankind.
The ancient Greeks, Romans, and Germans, as well as the Persians, lurks, and especially the fern Egyptians, enjoy the comforts and luxuries procured by bathing, in a degree of which we can scarcely form an adequate conwish to amuse themselves with reading one of the ted, nay, almost en-accounts relative subject, we must refer to M. Sa-y"s "Letters on Egypt." From that bathing is eme voluptuaries, not only for procuring the most thesensations, and removing is the general concomitant an idle or sensual life, but likewise with a view to or cure rheumatisms, catarrhs, or such cuclimate tian baths are said to by the steam of water artificially combined with odoriferous funes, which penetrate into all the porres, so they are, in some degree, similar to those of the Russians, before described. And though M. Tournefort is of opinion that vapour-badis have a tendency to injure the organs of respiration, yet if credit be due to Savary, there are no people on earth v. less troubled with asthmetic complaints than the Egyptians ; and few nations so passionately fond of such bathing. In short, we cannot su press the remarks formerly made on this important branch of dietetic regimen, that, "though the ancients could less dispense with the use of the bath, on account of the frequency of their athletic exercises, as well as from the want of linen, which was then much less in use than at | in our times, it would of great service, if the use of baths were more general and frequent, and this beneficial practice not confined to particular places or seasons, as a mere matter of fashion. Considered as a species of universal domestic remedy, as one which forms the . bathing, in its different forms, maybe pronounced one of the most extensive and borers of health and vigour."