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- n. Plural form of hydropath.
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When the American Medical Association was founded in 1847, a hodgepodge of newly marginalized “irregular physicians” gravitated toward the Eclectic Medicine movement, which embraced everyone from homeopaths to hydropaths, mail-order herbalists to Native American healers.
[Footnote: I frequently use what hydropaths call "a pack" to relieve opium distress, and with great benefit.
Moreover, what right has any physician to neglect the cures of small-pox, by which herbalists, hydropaths, and Turkish-bath keepers find it a most tractable disease? "