This amazing book, originally published in 1992, was reissued in 1997, 2004 and 2008.
Dr. Batmanghelidj was born in Iran in 1931. He prepared to be a doctor in Fettes College Scotland and St. Mary's University Medical School at London University and practiced in the UK before returning to Iran to develop hospitals and medical centers.
When the Iranian Revolution broke out in 1979, he was arrested and imprisoned. It was during the two and a half years he spent in Evin prison that Dr. Batmanghelidj discovered the power of water to treat the many ills of his fellow political prisoners. Lacking other medicines, he used water with amazing success to treat peptic ulcers.
The intrepid doctor was fifty, when, after being released from prison, he left Iran for the US. There he began his research into chronic unintentional dehydration, discovering that pain in various parts of the body is a common signal of water shortage. Dehydration, he maintains, can lead to asthma, arthritis, angina, hypertension, lupus and more. The drugs given for these conditions often tend to worsen them, and exacerbate the original dehydration.
According to the book, 'His message to the world is, "You are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication."