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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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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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