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Crazy water : the story of Mineral Wells and other Texas health resorts

Author: Gene Fowler
Publisher: Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press, ©1991.
Series: Chisholm Trail series, no. 10.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mineral Wells, Stoval Hot Wells, Marlin, Glen Rose, Sour Lake, Indian Hot Springs, Wizard Wells -- there were dozens of places all over the state where heavily mineralized water lay beneath the soil. In pioneer days, the news often set off a land rush, with wagons flocking to the medicinal founts of "miracle" healing. Before the discovery of antibiotics -- and sometimes afterward - drinking and bathing in mineral  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Fowler, Gene, 1950-
Crazy water.
Fort Worth : Texas Christian University Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)649115335
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gene Fowler
ISBN: 0875650910 9780875650913
OCLC Number: 23386522
Description: xii, 315 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Chisholm Trail series, no. 10.
Responsibility: by Gene Fowler ; with a foreword by Larry L. King.

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Mineral Wells, Stoval Hot Wells, Marlin, Glen Rose, Sour Lake, Indian Hot Springs, Wizard Wells -- there were dozens of places all over the state where heavily mineralized water lay beneath the soil. In pioneer days, the news often set off a land rush, with wagons flocking to the medicinal founts of "miracle" healing. Before the discovery of antibiotics -- and sometimes afterward - drinking and bathing in mineral waters were an important part of health care for many Texans. In a lively look at resorts large and small and the men who ran them, from quack doctors and elixir pitchmen to legitimate businessmen and physicians, Crazy Water takes readers from one end of the state to the other, listening to testimonials, reading amazing descriptions, marveling at the gulibility of the afflicted and the inventiveness of the healers.

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