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by Pam Hobbs

From times as a sickly child in England, one doctor stands out in memory because he prescribed a month in Switzerland. Well, it took several decades to follow his advice, but I'm finally here. Soothed by mineral baths and wrapped in a comforting cocoon of warm towels, I watch the sun go down on the Alps. I sleep as if drugged, I eat with an appetite to be proud of, and above all I am consumed with a beautiful sense of well-being.

In all, 250 medicinal springs bubble from Switzerland's earth. When selecting a spa for its curative possibilities, you should know that the properties contained in one spring differ from the next. This, as well as climatic conditions and altitude, need to be taken into accont. I should add that all of them are considered useful in combatting general debility and fatigue.