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every operator know the quantity contained in his receiver: This is easily done, by observing the distension of the electrometer, in different degrees of it, and then experiencing the shock in his own body. Although your patients must be consulted, as before mentioned; nevertheless, you will find some of them that will complain before they are hurt. A light shock will give a disagreeable sensation in the joints, and some other parts, especially where the chains are applied. Thus the operator will be obliged to use his own judgment sometimes, as well as to consult his patient's feelings, &c.

These operations - this number of shocks, may possibly promote an universal diaphoresis, in a degree; but, after a few hours, it may be, and generally is necessary to administer as many more. of this you must judge by the habit, by the state of the pulse, by the ease and quietness of the patient. if the perspiration is rapid, in full flow, you may desist the shock, and expect the symptoms of disturbance to subside more and more. But, at all events, if the patient can bear it, these operations must be persisted in, and repeated once in two or three hours, till the tension is taken off, and perspiration is in full flow; and the shock must be assisted by all the means before directed, or some others that will answer the purpose.

The time of keeping up this full flow of perspiration must be longer or shorter, according to the fullness of the habit, or till all pain, resistlessness, &c. are totally extinguished, and the pulsation calm and easy.

If there should be any difficulty in removing pain from the head, a few light shocks, brought on to the forehead, or back part of the head, as the seat of the pain may be, and passed to the feet, will commonly give relief when the other directions will fail.

There will not always be the same immediate relief gained; and there will be much variation as to the number of shocks, as well as their strength, required in various constitutions and degrees of the fever.

There are some happy consequences attending the treatment of a fever by electricity, which are not always sure to attend a different treatment; some of which are, there can be no kind of swelling generate where the electric shocks have been lately passing; there can be no tumifactions, ulcers or abcesses, nor cause of them, remaining in the system, or they are certainly discussed by the shock repeated upon them, unless previously maturated; in which case it is difficult, or utterly impossible. The most that can be done in such a case, is to restrain the inflammation, and shorten the crisis of supporation, &c.

Many are the disasters which happen to people in the progress of a fever, under any other treatment; all of which we may, with the greatest certainty, expect to avoid, in treating

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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
   97 Chapter 3  [Medical Conditions]   People and Links   Theory Links
97 People 97 Links 97 Fever
108 Peripneumony 171 Cholic 210 Involuntary motion
      of the eyelids
111 Pleurisy 174 Asthma 210 Hemmorage
114 St. Anthony's Fire 176 Diabetes 217 Hemorroids
115 Inflammatory Rheumatism 178 Urine suppressed,
  bloody and hot
217 Ulcers and Abcesses
115 Inflammatory Sore Throat 182 Menses obstructed 220 Rickets
122 Madness 185 King's Evil 221 Locked Jaw or Joints
131 Ague 186 Cancers 224 Bruises
138 St. Vitus's Dance 194 Quincy 229 Nerves contracted
140 Hysterics 195 Head-ache 230 Sprain or Strain
144 Epilepsy 196 Deafness 231 Felon or Whitlow
149 Consumption 197 Inflammatory Eyes 231 Pains in different parts
153 Palsy 197 Film 232 Wounds, etc.
158 Dropsy 199 Gutta Serena 234 Drowning
164 Gout 207 Cataract 237 Suppressed Perspiration
166 Dysentery 209 Fistula Lachrymalis 237 Burns and Scalds
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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