Van Deusen/Kosinski Collection

The place of incision was a little scarified by its working there. They who choose to go through the operation of the small pox or measles, without suffering any thing by the symptoms, by pain or by the eruption, may do it at their leisure, by observing rigidly the foregoing directions. If by any unavoidable accident the patient should take a cold, in this or any other case, it must be immediately removed by the shock, &c.


WHEN madness is attended with a strong hard pulse, and with or without redness of face, there is an indication of a redundancy of blood in the head, and a compression and irritation of the brain, or of those nerves that proceed from the brain, or the basis of the brain, the cerebellum medulla spinalas, &c. all of which may take its rise from a redundancy of blood in the head. This compression and irritation on the seat of sensation, of those nerves of such exquisite sensibility, is sufficient to produce disorder in the mental faculties, such as madness or delirium.

To remove this redundancy, is to remove the direct cause of the disordered mind: as to the indirect cause, it is of no consequence to enquire; undoubtedly there is a combination of them, partly from the peculiarity of the present habit, and partly from the present state of agitated spirits upon that habit; all which may form or constitute the indirect cause of the deranged mental powers.

In order to remedy the immediate cause of this disordered mind, the excessive action of the aorta ascendens must be suppressed, and that excessive pressure of blood to the head must be thrown down: this can only be done by the action of the electric shock, passed from the sides of the neck to the feet. And, by the way, this case requires as strong an action of the shock as any case I know of. It is sometimes, if not always the case, that when there is an over-action in the aorta ascendens, there is a deficiency in the action of the aorta descendents, or at least in the extremities of the arteries towards the feet; and this is more probably the case, when we consider that the lower extremities are more exposed to fuller abuse from colds often, and frequent dampness; great exertion upon the solids in exercise, thence a sudden transition to inaction, hence a cold upon the lower extremities; but so far from the seat of life, it is not noticed in producing any direct effect upon the system. But one of the consequence is, the aorta descendens is unable to receive its equal quantity of blood from the heart; hence the ascendens must receive too much; the blood cannot flow freely to the extremities of the arteries downward; and hence they press too violently to the extremities of the arteries upwards.

But a strong action of the shock goes to the bottom of this case, and restores an equilibrium in the circulations, and frees the head

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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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