La thermothérapie, vous connaissez? C’est faire souffler le chaud et le froid pour le bien du malade.

What does “faire souffler le chaud et le froid pour le bien du malade” mean?

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It is a play on words based on the idiom souffler le chaud et le froid: to blow hot and cold.

Here, it is used literally, i.e. this therapy is using a combination of heat therapy and cryotherapy to treat patients.

Pour le bien du malade means "for the patient's sake", "for the sake of the patient's health".

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    I wouldn't include "for the well being"; well being: general health and happines; the idiomatism "for the sake" is acceptable but lacks in a certain specificity particular to English; possibly, "for the sake of the patient's health" might appear preferable. @jlliagre
    – LPH
    Aug 26, 2018 at 5:28
  • @user168676 "Well being" removed. Is "for the good of the patient" usable here ?
    – jlliagre
    Aug 26, 2018 at 7:19
  • It's more or less equivalent to "for the sake of the patient", which can by the way be formulated a little more concisely as "for the patient's sake".
    – LPH
    Aug 26, 2018 at 7:56
  • @user168676 Thanks, answer updated with your suggestions.
    – jlliagre
    Aug 26, 2018 at 8:03

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