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Dowrgi
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The Irish legal medico-legal tracts that are of main interest in this discussion are the Bretha Déin Chécht and Bretha Crólige, in which all kinds of provisions are made; the public clinic or infirmary that is referred is to is the foras tuaithe. The Brehons even provided for the humane treatment of people with mental health problems, thus in many ways these laws could be considered vastly ahead of their time despite their antiquity.

The oldest sauna found in Britain is at Marden Henge, Wiltshire, and it dates from the Neolithic period. The peoples of the British Isles, especially in Scotland, had been using types of saunas since the Stone Age, through the Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. Besides this, and there is admittedly some disagreement as to their use, the tighe allais of Ireland might also be considered very ancient saunas of a type. In comparison with volcanic Italy, there aren’t many places with naturally occurring hot springs in Britain, so the choice of Bath for the Roman complex is obvious. It should be noted, though, that the Romans didn’t use their baths for washing themselves, the baths were more of a relaxing social occasion and also a status symbol.

Leaving aside the various and disparate archaeological and textual evidence, that seems to be jumping from vastly different historical periods and geographical areas, another valid consideration is purely logical – seeing as druids are the focus of the argument – if we are to accept that the druids were a prestigious and high “caste” in Celtic societies, they would not have kept animals anyway, certainly not in their lodgings because those duties would have been fulfilled by the farmers and pastoralists. Secondly, as the healers, physicians and skilled natural scientists described by various ancient writers and texts, it is hardly likely that they were filthy, unhygienic or unknowledgeable in matters of personal cleanliness and good health by the standards of their day and their respective societies.