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the patient can well enough spare it, and facilitate the cure thereby.

The shocks must be passed from the hips to the feet obliquely, as for fever, in the first instance; but may be increased in their number, or frequently repeated. In the next place, bring the chain from the hip as high as the pit of the stomach, and opposite the stomach on the sides and on the back, and pass twenty shocks in the several directions down to the feet; next, pass four or five from the shoulder to the hand, on either side. Soon after these shocks are passed, perhaps in one hour, the patient will begin to bear them through the lungs, in which direction their strength may be gradually increased, till the whole disturbance is intirely removed. But it must be remembered that the same means prescribed for fever, to assist in bringing forward a flow of perspiration, must be made use of here, and indeed in all cases of increased excitement, and kept up until the desired effect is produced, or so far as can be produced by this evacuation; in perippeumony, internal evacuations are frequently necessary, especially by cathartics; in which ase, glauber salts are esteemed proper, in the most of cases.

Perhaps, by often repeating the caution, I may be heard: keep your patient from every degree of coolness for several days; be exceedingly careful in this particular, or all is overthrown, and you will destroy your patient: not only so, you will still keep mankind from the knowledge of its use, and thereby indirectly take away many lives, and leave many to languish in pain and misery.

The operator, whether a physician or private character, will understand that it is expected that the electric shock, duly administered, will perform the principal part of the cure: a single dose of glauber salts may be necessary. If bleeding might be proper, and no physician can handily be had, it may be supplied by continuing the perspiration a longer time, and by reducing the tension of the vessels more and more, and their action will grow more moderate, till health is obtained, without letting blood.


The symptoms in a pleurisy being considerably different, they will require a different mode of treatment, both in the manner and degree of the electrical operations.

When the pulse is high, with a general inflammation and a suppressed perspiration, the shock must be passed in the same manner as for fever; but the shock must not be passed through the affect part of the pleura, till it hath been previously passed in all other directions. The irritated part of the pleura is to be considered as the lungs in a peripneumony, incapable of receiving the shock, till relieved by a previous operation in other parts, which,

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1 Title page
2 Preface
13 Animal and Vegetable Electricity
15 Chapter 1 - Electric fire promotes the vegetable life, etc.
70 Chapter 2 - Of the Conductors
   97 Chapter 3  [Medical Conditions]
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]
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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