Van Deusen/Kosinski Collection

Small Pox and Measles.

VOMIT, if there is too much bile, and purge as may be necessary: But to abate inflammation, to ease pain, to bring forward the eruption with freedom and ease (if there can be an eruption where the shocks are given) let the shocks be passed through every part of the system, and repeated at intervals, if necessary. If there is danger of the eyes receiving any injury, let the head be covered, and shocks passed from head to foot, from the forehead in particular. Electricity is of infinite value, when people take it the natural way, and unprepared; it often proves fatal: but here, kind reader, is an infallible remedy in small pox or measles; take them how you may, the electric shock will immediately open a sufficient evacuation, whereby to throw off the infection, to keep down inflammation; and if you apply it in due season, you may pass the operation of either without the least pain or danger of life. But you must understand that the temperature of air must be exctly contrary to what is proper when you do not electrify; that is, your whole safety depends on your avoiding every the least coolness, till you are completely well.

Pregnant women have trembled, and not without reason, at the idea of the small pox in that peculiar circumstance; but here, good women, is your safety - keep warm; and about the time you begin to feel the symptoms, electrify just enough to keep down inflammation; rather let the shocks be light, and increasing in number; take them in every part, but least through the uterus; the fermentation will be thrown by by perspiration; light shocks must be repeated at intervals for two or three days, till the whole infection is voided. A skilful physician should conduct through the whole treatment in this case.

The improvements in the art of innoculating, render it very safe and easy to undergo. But when difficulty arises in that treatment, I advise any person to change their temperature of air peculiar to that treatment, and assume that steady degree of warmth peculiar to treating by electricity, and commence the operations without loss of time.

The first I tried the experiment upon, was a son of mine, about nine years old; he was innoculated at Whitestown; I never changed his common diet, nor gave him the least aid by any other means; I kept him within the house, and warmly covered; I electrified him once a day, about twenty light shocks at a time; the consequence was as I expected; he had not the least symptoms of fermentation, of inflammation, of pain, nor of eruption in any degree.

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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 - Fever  [Medical Conditions]
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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