Punch's Handbook for the Holidays. Leamington [5/8]
Travelogue, Drollery, Serial
Health, Disease, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Geography
Begins by explaining the origins of Leamington as a spa town, noting William Lambe's 'treatise on the waters' (Lambe 1802). Proceeds to consider various aspects of the famous water from the town. Under 'Mineral Waters', the author identifies the twelve different waters and warns that this 'beverage' is beneficial to those suffering from 'chronic biliousness' caused by alcoholic consumption, and is 'salutory for "hard livers"'. Under 'Bathing', it describes the effects of this 'healthful pursuit', while under 'Analysis of the Water', it reveals some deliberately vague details about the composition of the water. Later, it describes the spa town of Scarborough, including its 'perpetual spring'.
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