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By Eric T. Jennings

“Beware! opposed to the poison that's Africa, there's yet one antidote: Vichy.” So ran a 1924 commercial for one among France’s major spas. during the French empire, spas that includes water remedies, usually mixed with “climatic” remedies, thrived in the course of the 19th century and the 20th. Water remedies and high-altitude lodges have been largely believed to serve very important healing or even prophylactic services opposed to tropical sickness and the tropics themselves. The Ministry of the Colonies released announcements accrediting a bunch of spas regarded as powerful opposed to tropical illnesses starting from malaria to yellow fever; really expert guidebooks disbursed recommendation at the most sensible spas for “colonial ills.” directors have been granted common furloughs to “take the waters” again domestic in France. within the colonies, spas assuaged homesickness by way of developing oases of France in another country. Colonizers frequented spas to take care of their power, defend their French identification, and domesticate their distinction from the colonized.

Combining the histories of empire, rest, tourism, tradition, and drugs, Eric T. Jennings sheds new gentle at the workings of empire by means of reading the reason and perform of French colonial hydrotherapy among 1830 and 1962. He strains colonial acclimatization conception and the advance of a “science” of hydrotherapy applicable to colonial areas, and he chronicles and compares the histories of spas in different French colonies—Guadeloupe, Madagascar, Tunisia, and Réunion—and in France itself. all through Curing the Colonizers, Jennings illuminates the connection among indigenous and French colonial healing wisdom in addition to the last word failure of the spas to make colonialism bodily or morally secure for the French.

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