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AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE MODE OF ADMINISTERING THE VAPOUR BATH,
Cochrane, Basil.

AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE MODE OF ADMINISTERING THE VAPOUR BATH,

and in the Apparatus Connected With it; With Plans of Fixed and Portable Baths for Hospitals and Private Houses, and Some Practical Suggestions on the Efficacy of Vapour, in Application to Various Diseases of the Human Frame, and as may be Beneficial to the Veterinary Branch of Medecine. John Booth ... 1809.
1st Ed. Sm. thin 4to. [vi] + 22pp. 11 plates each with letterpress leaf, an additional plate of Smith’s Air-Pump Vapour Bath’ laid down to blank at rear. Some light browning, faint institutional ink stamp to t.p., handsomely rebound in double blind rule edged half calf with marbled boards, gilt rule edged raised bands with gilt filleted bands, gilt lettered title label to spine. Basil Cochrane (1753-1826) Scottish civil servant, businessman, inventor, and wealthy nabob of early 19th century England. Cochrane published several works promoting the use of "vapour baths" or steam baths for medical purposes, with apparatus that he had improved on himself. He also had a steam bath installed at his house in Portman Square and allowed the public to use it. Cochrane employed Indian immigrant Sake Dean Mahomed, who may have been the one to introduce Indian "shampooing" or massage to England there. (The term "shampoo" later came to mean the special soap used in massaging the scalp.)
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