Van Deusen/Kosinski Collection


Of the conductors of the shock in the human body - An excessive action of the shock described - A moderate action an infallible cure of fever and inflammation - A weak action peculiar to cases of debility - Of insolation, its action a direct stimulus Proper mode of using it, &c.

Of the Conductors.

TO understand the manner in which the electric shock is conducted through the human body, is a matter of no small importance to a thorough investigation of the subject of medical electricity. To know whether it is conducted by the bones, muscles, fluids, or all three, is a matter of enquiry, and demands our first attention, that we may know, in general, what effect the shocks are likely to produce in the body.

Those who have been acquainted with electrical machines, must necessarily know that there is a great dispartiy in the aptness of some conductors, compared with others; and that the shock will incline together to that conductor which is the most apt or suitable. Thus

1st. - quality, metallic substances.
2d. -          water, blood or liquids.
3d. -          animal bodies.
4th. -          green wood.
5th. -          drywood, earth and the like.

Let all these different conductors be preseented at once to convey an electric shock, and the most suitable, viz. the metal, will receive and convey the whole, or nearly the whole quantity or charge contained in the receiver. Again, if you remove the metallic vonveyance, and pass the shock as before, it will fall upon, and be conducted by the pure liquid element; if you remove the pure liquid element, and pass the shock it will fall on the human body, remove the human body, &c. and the shock will pass on the green wood; and lastly, it will pass, though very imperfectly, upon dry wood, dry earth, and many other the like substances; but the action could not be perceived in the human body, when these deficient conductors form any part of the conveyance with the human body, admitting the quantity is not excessive.

I have placed the human body below pure fluids, and for this obvious reason; there is a scantiness of fluids on the surface, especially at times, which impedes the motion or force of the shock, and this impediment would be sufficient to turn its flight upon pure fluids, to which it has free access.

Let these reasonings be applied to the human body, and we shall discover at once, that the fluids are the principal conductors of the electric shock; and as the blood makes the greater part, the blood doth consequently receive and convey the shock through the body.

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1 Title page
2 Preface
13 Chapter 1 - Animal and Vegetable Electricity
26 Chapter 1 - Astronomical
70 Chapter 2 - Of the Conductors
75     A due proportion, an infallible cure for fever and inflammation
86     Insolation a direct stimulus
89     Proper manner and means of insolation
   97 Chapter 3  [Medical Conditions]   People and Links   Theory Links
242 Chapter 4  [Equipment]   Equipment Links
277 Thoughts on the Times
Electricity, or Ethereal Fire, Considered is presented here for historical purposes only, and should not be interpreted as medical advice.


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