We are proud to play an active role in the dialogue and sharing of knowledge and skills within the spa and climate community. Through various articles and contributions, we highlight our expertise in the fields covered by our visitors’ research, teaching and innovation activities.

Here is an overview of the subjects published in the soon-to-be-released Thermal and Climatic Press 2023:

  • The Institut européen du thermalisme celebrates its first year of existence with an ethical questioning of the place of the curist.
    by Jane-Laure Danan

  • Care of post-stroke spa patients: the role and mission of the spa agent
    by Maria Plancy, Cédric Mouats, Lara-Noémie Danan, Jane-Laure Danan

  • Smoking cessation in people suffering from Bpco, the benefits of spa treatment
    by Armand Cao, Jane-Laure Danan

  • Roles, missions and training of state-qualified spa nurses
    by Marina Perri, Jana-Laure Danan, Gisèle Kanny

  • Thermalism and European diplomacy
    by Aurélien Barthelemy de Ficquelmont

  • The historical and contemporary role of balneology and crenotherapy in North America
    by Marcus Coplin

Here’s a sneak preview of Pascale Jeambrun’s editorial:

“Two anniversaries in 2023: 170 years of our venerable Society and 160 years of our magazine!

Our Society can pride itself on being the first learned society to be created in France, well ahead of the others since it was founded in 1853: ENT in 1882, dermatology in 1889, urology in 1896 and rheumatology in 1900.

La Presse Thermale et Climatique has an exceptional longevity unmatched in the medical press. Here are two reasons to be proud of our discipline!
And despite its great age, our magazine is getting a new lease of life: it’s going international by integrating a French-language platform for journals and books in the humanities, social sciences and now the medical sciences: Cairn. It was created in 2005 on the initiative of publishing houses wishing to enhance their Internet presence and promote their content in the French-speaking world, of course, and beyond via translation into English and Spanish.

Our magazine, the only French publication devoted to crenobalne therapy, will thus gain in visibility and notoriety.

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The work of the French Society of Thermal Medicine focused on the methodology of clinical trials in crenobalne therapy by our duettists from Aix, where you’ll learn that our discipline is one of the handcrafted therapies. That’s a good one! Then, we were invited to the 51st Entretiens de médecine physique et de réadaptation in Montpellier, where Christian Hérisson organizes a day devoted to us every year, and where we discussed spa treatments, aging and the elderly.
There are many original works, and that’s a good thing. They are partly due to the dynamism of our teaching staff and the quality of our graduates’ dissertations. Many thanks to them! Some of the Clermont-Ferrand team’s dissertations concern dermatology, with a review of the literature on the transcutaneous passage of ions and trace elements, where studies must continue, and another on European thermalism and literature, which represents a considerable sum! The idea of setting up a library of these books in each of our stations is to be realized. This was followed by a survey of spa-goers in Dax, enabling the profession to adapt to their demands, but it would be up to the Assurance Maladie to do so by developing the spa package and including therapeutic education… Saujon repeats its 2016 preliminary study on letting go with LetGoTherm to confirm the results. This chapter closes with a questionnaire, this time aimed at interns and recent graduates in general medicine, to assess their training in spa medicine.

The documents present the Institut européen du thermalisme, which is celebrating its first anniversary and aims to combine innovation, research and training. The name alone is full of promise. As a result, Nancy now boasts one of Europe’s leading centers for crenobalne therapy. Let’s wish him a long and happy life! This was followed by three projects in Nancy: post-stroke care for spa patients, smoking cessation in people suffering from chronic respiratory insufficiency as part of spa worker training, and finally, the role, missions and training of state-qualified nurses in spa establishments. Then come two historical articles: one on Dax and its 2000 years of thermalism, and the other on five spas that played a role in European diplomacy. Then you’ll travel to Poland and the United States.

Students are in the spotlight in our travel diaries, with visits to Languedoc (Balaruc and Montpellier), the Pyrenees (Luchon, Salies-de-Béarn, Dax) and Lorraine (Nancy-Thermal, Amnéville). There were sixty-four of them. This bodes well for the future. Thanks to our teachers’ College.

In this year of celebration, our Society needs to assert itself to our supervisory authorities (in coordination with the Conseil national des établissements thermaux?). The guide to good spa practice needs to be updated (it dates back to November 2003), in particular with the affirmation of treatment times such as consultations, of which there are three. Shouldn’t we also update our “orientations”, i.e. our indications, like adding geriatrics, for example? Obtain, as Christian Hérisson has requested, a chair in crenobalneotherapy? Have a real French congress of our discipline to ensure its recognition? I could see Nancy playing this unifying and innovative role.
Our former president André Authier is no more, he left on Saturday July 1, 2023. May Claude and Corinne know that we are with them.”