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Reise nach San Moritz1803
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Historical Note

The natural springs at St. Moritz, in the Swiss Alps, have been used for therapeutic treatment since the 16th century. They were described by Paracelsus in 1539 but probably have been known since Roman times. St. Moritz' chalybeate, or iron-impregnated, water was used for both bathing and drinking and was thought to produce "an increase of appetite, promote digestion, and impart a feeling of vigor to the system." [Lee, Edwin. The baths of the Engadine: St. Moritz and Tarasp. (London: J. Churchill and sons), 1870), p. 20.]