Sources of Ancient Healing Thermalism

Caelius Aurelianus Chronicae passiones 5.2.40

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5th century CE
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Canonical Reference
Cael. Aur. chron. 5.2.40
Thermal Terms
aquae naturales

40item usus adhibendus aquarum naturalium calidarum, tum frigidarum, ut sunt in Italia quae appellatae sunt Albulae uel Cotiliae.

40Also prescribe the use of natural springs, both hot and cold, e.g., the Albulan or Cutilian springs in Italy.


Tratamientos para la podagra. Recomienda los balnearios y menciona a algunos concretos.

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