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strongly upon the capilaries, causes them to uncap and emit blood. It is in vain to administer the elix vitriol, or any other astringent in this case, unless they could affect the capilaries only; but while they increase the cause, as much as they militate against the effect, to say no worse of it, it is useless. But to take off the tension of the vessels, this is oging to the bottom of the cause, and there will be no emission of blood in fever, or peripneumony. There is no doubt but that the attenuation of the blood by rarifaction renders the increased action of the arteries more capable of producing this effect. But there is no emission of blood, simply from attenuation of that fluid. There is always some other cause co-operating, as the increased action of the vascular system, in whole or in part, or some extravasitation of the blood.


This inflammation of the lungs, which is local in the first instance, but becomes universal in its ultimate process, and hath its first rise in the general diathesis, should be treated by the electrical shock, as fever in the first instance: That is, the diathesis should be removed in the lower extremities in the first place. The sthenic diathesis being taken off in the lower extremities, by the distenfive dilating effect of the shock, and the perspiration promoted there, will cause the blood to draw off from the chest, and relieve the action of the pulmonory vessels, and give relief in the lungs. This case, as well as the seat of inflammatory rheumatism, demands a delicate treatment; the highly irritated state of the lungs will not bear the most imperceptible elastic spring of the shock; indeed, the least shock is so far perceptible that it apparently wounds the lungs; but there is no necessity of passing the shock through the lungs, until they are so far relieved by removing the general diathesis, by shocks in every other part of the system, that they will begin to receive light shocks freely; and they may be increased in strength from time to time, without any perceptible alteration in the patient's sensation of them: for as the lungs are more and more relieved, the shock will be less and less perceptible in the lungs; which will be one criterion whereby you may judge of the degree of betterment. If the patient's habit is very sanguine, the cure may be facilitated by bleeding: the cure, however, may be absolutely wrought without bleeding in all cases, and it would be an error to take any part of the vital fluids, where there is evidently a penury of fluids, whether it be in pleurify or peripneumony: but as there will be no necessity, since electricity is now understood, of letting blood, merely because there is no alternative, the physician will not now be driven to the extremity of choosing the least of two evils, but will now only let blood when

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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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