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Photo journal: Postcards from Russia - Part II
Pyatigorsk, Caucasus

The curative powers of the Caucasus fresh water springs have attracted Russians ever since the 18th century.

The area, known as Kavkazskie Mineralnye Vody (Caucasus Mineral Water), is an old-fashioned tourist centre, with elegant but decaying spa buildings offering treatments believed to benefit disorders of the muscles, bones, heart, nervous system and skin.

Here, a male patient is undergoing oxygen therapy, designed to clear and stimulate the mind.

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