Richard Russell

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Dr Richard Russell achieved fame for his advocacy of sea-bathing, and drinking seawater, as a medical cure for many ailments.

He was born the son of a surgeon, Nathaniel Russell, at Lewes in Sussex on 26 November 1687. He began practicing medicine in Lewes in 1725 and adopted the arguments of Sir John Floyer’s History of Cold Bathing (1702; five editions by 1722) which were already beginning to be fashionable and seeded the early development of sea-bathing at Scarborough, Margate and Brighton in the 1730s.

In 1750 Russell published his Latin treatise De Tabe Glandulari, which was published in English as Glandular Diseases, or a Dissertation on the Use of Sea Water in the Affections of the Glands i…

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Clark, Robert. "Richard Russell". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 February 2014
[, accessed 10 October 2015.]