discovered: I passed the shock upon him, which almost knocked him to the floor.
I passed the shock from the top of his head to the feet, but it should have been from the side of his neck;
it would have been easier to sustain, and otherwise answered as agood a purpose.
He appeared sullen after the shock; but we were able to repeat the shock with less difficulty than I expected:
I gave six or seven more, but lighter.
He went home, adn was more composed in his mind the next day, as I was informed; but it was necessary to bring him again, which they did, but with less trouble;
notwithstanding, they could not keep sufficient covering upon him to keep him from taking cold, which prevented his recovering so fast as otherwise he might have done.
I gave him a second electrification, and they took him home, and it was not long before he had the right use of his mind, was composed and well.
I would have mentioned his name, but it has slipped my memory.
I hope that all these united efforts will avail to induce people to try the same experiments on such unhappy people as may be deprived of the use of their reason
by any of those means which may be supposed to be curable.
It may be observed, by the way, that those three cases that I have instanced, were recent ones; and that I do not expect that old cases,
or those that may proceed from causes altogether dissimilar to those I have described, or simply from nervous irritation, are likely to meet with so sudden relief;
but that it is expedient to try these means in almost all cases.
Where a lengthy application of electricity is absolutely necessary, there is no doubt but that there will be great difficulty in attending and treating
a mad or an insane person with the electric shock; that is, to keep them sufficiently warm: this must absolutely be done, or no good will ensue;
especially if the patient is in either direct or indirect debility.
The supernatural insolation would be of unquestionable use in cases of debility; but it should be continued in some cases, perhaps, for months successively.
In order that this operation might be properly performed, it would be necessary that an isolating bed was prepared, and the insolation, or artificial supply of this
ethereal fire, was made by the assistance of a water-sheel, that the insolation might be constant night and day, that the patient might sleep in an insolated bed;
and if, at any time, a vertigo was induced, to pass a few shocks from the hips, or from the sides of the neck, to the feet.
The insolation may be perpetuated by a large machine, turned by hand, but it would be more fatiguing.
IN treating of this case, I shall venture to take the liberty of giving my own opinion of the cause aned manner in which this uncommon
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