The Soaking Life

The Pursuit of Health, Good Food and Hot Water


Szécheny Baths, Budapest, at closing time.

We are in the process of compiling a list of books, articles, tour guides and ephemera about balneotherapy. This is a living document, and we hope that it will continue to be a work in progress. We welcome suggestions for new additions to our Sources.

We’ve partnered with Powell’s Books to make most of the titles in our Sources available to you online. Titles that are not available at Powell’s link to Articles link to their online sources.



Nathaniel Altman. Healing Springs: The Ultimate Guide to Taking the Waters. Healing Arts Press, 2000.

Alexia Brue. Cathedrals of the Flesh : My Search for the Perfect Bath. Bloomsbury, 2003.

Dian Dincin Buchman. The Complete Book of Water Healing. Instant Improvement, 1994.

Scott Clark. Japan: A View from the Bath. University of Hawaii Press, 1994.

Marjorie Gersh-Young. Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Southwest: Jayson Loam’s Original Guide. Aqua Thermal Access, 2007.

Marjorie Gersh-Young. Hot Springs and Hot Pools of the Northwest: Jayson Loam’s Original Guide. Aqua Thermal Access, 2008.

Leonard Koren. Undesigning the Bath. Stone Bridge Press, 1996.

Bill and Ruth Kaysing. Great Hot Springs of the West. Capra Press, 1993.

Carola Koenig. Specialized Hydro-, Balneo-and Medicinal Bath Therapy. iUniverse, 2005.

Csaba Meskó. Thermal Baths – Our Budapest. Municipality of Budapest, Office of the Mayor, 1999.

Eric Talmadge. Getting Wet: Adventures in the Japanese Bath. Kodansha International, 2006.

Orhan Yilmazkaya. Turkish Baths: A Light onto a Tradition and Culture. Citlembik Publications, 2005.

Articles and links

Z. Balogh, J. Ordögh, A. Gász, L. Német, T. Bender. Effectiveness of balneotherapy in chronic low back pain — a randomized single-blind controlled follow-up study. Forschende Komplementärmedizin und Klassische Naturheilkunde / Research in Complementary and Classical Natural Medicine, Vol. 12, No. 4, 2005. (Abstract with link to text).

P. Holló, R. Gonzalez, M. Kása, and A. Horváth. Synchronous balneophototherapy is effective for the different clinical types of psoriasis. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, September 2005. (Abstract with link to text).

Lanos Gaal, MD PhD, Jozsef Varga, PhD, Zoltan Szekanecz, MD PhD DSci, Julia Kurko, MD, Andrea Ficzere, MD PhD, Edit Bodolay, MD PhD DSci  and Tamás Bender MD PhD. Balneotherapy in elderly patients: effect on pain from degenerative knee and spine conditions and on quality of life. IMAJ: The Israel Medical Association Journal, May 2008. (Abstract with link to text). (International Society of Medical Hydrology and Climatology “Web-System”).

Hiroharu Kamioka, Kiichiro Tsutani, Hiroyasu Okuizumi, Yoshiteru Mutoh, Miho Ohta, Shuichi Handa, Shinpei Okada, Jun Kitayuguchi, Masamitsu Kamada, Nobuyoshi Shiozawa, and Takuya Honda. Effectiveness of Aquatic Exercise and Balneotherapy: A Summary of Systematic Reviews Based on Randomized Controlled Trials of Water Immersion Therapies. Journal o f Epidemiology Vol. 20, No. 1 , 2010. (Abstract with link to text).

M.Z. Karagülle and M. Karagülle. Balneotherapie und Kurorttherapie rheumatischer Erkrankungen in der Türkei: Ein systematischer Review [Balneotherapy and spa therapy of rheumatic diseases in Turkey: a systematic review]. Forschende Komplementärmedizin und Klassische Naturheilkunde / Research in Complementary and Classical Natural Medicine Vol. 11, No. 1, 2004. (Abstract with link to text).

K Konrad, T Tatrai, A Hunka, E Vereckei, and I Korondi. Controlled trial of balneotherapy in treatment of low back pain. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Vol. 51, June 1992. (Abstract with link to text).

M. Kurutz and T. Bender. Weightbath hydrotraction treatment: application, biomechanics, and clinical effects. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, April 2010. (Abstract with link to text). (Medical tourism in Hungary).

Stefano Tabolli, Anna Calza, Cristina Di Pietro, Francesca Sampogna, and Damiano AbeniQuality of life of psoriasis patients before and after balneo- or balneophototherapy. Yonsei Medical Journal. April 2009. (Abstract with link to text).

Anne Tourney. Sulfur Supplements for Arthritis.

Anne Tourney. List of Foods High in Sulfur.

László Zámbó, Mária Dékány and Tamás Bender. The efficacy of alum-containing ferrous thermal water in the management of chronic inflammatory gynaecological disorders—A randomized controlled study. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. (Abstract with link to text).

Compiled by Eric Havelock-Bailie; Photo by Anne Tourney, copyright 2010

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