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Starvation and diet according to the Vinzenz Priessnitz family water book of 1847.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17341885     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Vinzenz Priessnitz (1799-1851) did not only carry out water treatments within the scope of his cure, but also movement therapy, aerial and solar baths, natural lifestyle and, above all, diet therapy. According to the literature Priessnitz only seldom allowed starvation within his cure because this would break his preferred principle of restoration. Nevertheless, the widely unknown 'Vinzenz Priessnitz family water book' which he dictated to his daughter Sophie in 1847, includes 13 orders of starvation for a series of indications (breast inflammations, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, cholera, intestines inflammation, tapeworm) and symptoms (diarrhoea and vomiting, heart cramp, head woe, faint, stone pains, feeling of sickness). Furthermore, it comprises diet recommendations on cold water drinking, milk and cold confection of pastry, compote and buttermilk, vegetables, fruit and strawberries, fruit and frozen food, no meat, little meat and cold food. In the view of the literature, these diet principles and means as well as their applications then and now are discussed. As for those days the Priessnitz diet was quite modern, manifold, logic and 'natural'.
Jürgen Rohde
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Biography; Historical Article; Journal Article; Portraits     Date:  2007-03-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Forschende Komplementärmedizin (2006)     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1661-4119     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-07     Completed Date:  2007-05-15     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101269884     Medline TA:  Forsch Komplementmed     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  33-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Mahlow, Deutschland.
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MeSH Terms
Complementary Therapies / history*
Diet Therapy / history*
History, 19th Century
Hydrotherapy / history*
Medicine in Literature
Starvation / history
Personal Name Subject
Personal Name Subject:
Vinzenz Priessnitz

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