Zotofoam Bath, Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa

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Black and white photograph by Walden Hammond, inside the Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa.

Photograph of a female patient in a Zotofoam Bath.

Zotofoam Baths were used to treat obesity by raising the body temperature and metabolic rate. This treatment was first introduced to the Royal Pump Rooms in 1945. A description of the treatment in 1969 reads: 'A special gas distributor is laid in the bottom of the bath - Hot water 103-108F is added, just sufficient to cover the apparatus, and an ounce of foam extract is added to the water. Gas, which may be carbonic acid, oxygen or compressed air, is then passed through the distributor, and fine bubbles of hot foam are produced. The patient is therefore covered with hot foam, which insulates the body, preventing the usual loss of heat by radiation. The temperature rises, and metabolic rate increased. The patient perspires freely.'


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