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Archive » 1998 » 1 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » History of Medicine »

Arnold Rikli (1823–1906), the founder of climatic health resourt at Bled

 
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This paper was written to mark the 175th anniversary of birth of Arnold Rikli, famous Swiss healer, who is credited with pioneering mo­dern health tourism in Slovenia. In 1855, Rikli settled in the alpine region of Lake Bled to set up a health resort. His treatment methods which adhered to principles of natural healing exploi­ted the favourable effects of light, air and water on the human body. The Bled health resort attrac­ted rich people with various ailments who came there to be treated in special, almost »revolutio­nary« ways. Rikli’s treatment methods met with strong opposition of both local community and mainstream medicine, but some of his principles are still valid today.

Authors:
Toplak Cirila, Zupanič Slavec Zvonka

Keywords:
health resorts, climate, Rikli Arnold, Bled

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 1998; 37: 89–99.

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