Dr Mathias Roth's Russian bath

Dr Mathias Roth's steam bath
< Image: Mathias Roth The Russian bath, published with a view to recommending its introduction into England for hygienic as well as curative purposes. 2nd ed. (Groombridge, 1855)

Roth's bath had a canework cover on which the patient lay. Using the appropriate taps, vapour could be added to the room, to the bath itself beneath the cover, or with a flexible tube allowing the vapour to be directed to specific parts of the body.

Hot and cold water could be supplied to a douche or a rose jet fixed to the ceiling. To the left is a stool on which the patient sits if an upward douche is required. To the right of the bath, a wash basin is fixed and there was a bell to ring for the attendant if needed.

Such rooms, Roth suggested, could be constructed of polished marble or slate, and the floor heated by pipes running beneath it.

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