Paris : Librairie J.B. Baillière et fils, 1875.
Description : frontis., [i]-vi p., -162 ; ill.: 2 phot., tbls. ; 22.8 cm.
Photographs : two albumen photographs mounted on plain, decorative boards.
Subject : Body — Mineral waters ; Aix-les-Bains.
The frontispiece photograph is a wonderful study of two porters transporting a male patient in a tented sedan chair (chaise à porteur). The invalid has just completed a session in the thermal baths where doucheurs gave his body a thorough purging with mineral water and he now returns to his room and a warm bed. A nurse leads the procession, carrying the flannel swaddling (maillot) used for induced sweating.
There is one other photograph in my copy, a view of the Grésy falls (Cascade de Grésy) in Aix-les-Bains, but there are bibliographical references to variant copies with additional views of the town, the baths, and the Arch of Campanus – bibliographical references, also, to copies with no photographs at all (v. »»). Numerous case histories are provided, covering every disorder imaginable which is typical for promotional literature of miracle cure waters. Doctor Léon Brachet was born into provincial wealth and privilege, the son of the property baron, Pierre-François Brachet, who served as mayor of Aix-Les-Bains from 1860 until 1861, the year of his death.