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Thermal knowledge and therapies: a comparative view of Portugal (São Pedro do Sul hot springs) and Brazil (Caldas da Imperatriz hot springs)

Based on nineteenth- and twentieth-century texts, the article discusses how medicine legitimized the therapeutic practice of thermalism as so-called 'scientific' knowledge, with the creation of therapeutic establishments and hot-springs resorts. My research began in Portugal in 1996, where I produced an ethnography of experiences at the São Pedro do Sul hot springs. My research at Brazil's Caldas da Imperatriz, initiated in August 2001, is still underway.

thermalism; medical hydrology; mineral water; health; tourism


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