by the shock, which doth, in some respects, cause the blood, but particularly certain affections, to move in the same direction as the shock: and to know this, is of great importance in the cure
of several diseases.
But it appears totally to have escaped the observation of Cavallo.
Indeed, the whole system of principles hath escaped, not only Cavallo, but all other writers on the subject.
From several observations, which I have made in many thousands of experiments, I will endeavour to define this phenomenon, in the effects produced by the shocks on the human body.
It hath, at least, been hinted, that the shock doth determine the course of blood, in some degree: this was necessarily supposed to be one effect
produced, otherwise it could not remove a redundancy of blood from the head.
It is supposed to effect the removal of flagnant fluids, wind, &c. in the same direction with the shock, as is frequently the case, (vide Pleurisy, page 111.)
It is supposed to determine the course of removal of certain affections; as, in the particular case now under consideration, it is supposed to effect the depression of the hysterics.
That it doth produce these effects, is incontestibly true, and may be demonstrated, in every occasion that presents itself.
Shocks passed from the upper extremities t the feet, cause the blood to flow more freely toward the feet, and induce warmth in the feet.
Moreover, I have observed, that when I have electrified parts that have been badly bruised, the coagulated blood not only tends immediately towards the surface,
in a very visible manner; but I have noticed, that it would diffuse through the muscles, from the part affected, in the same direction in which the
shocks were passed. (Mote 1)
One observation more, and which I think will determine in favour of Doctor Franklin's opinion, and will be conclusively against Cavallo's; and that is, let any person, of a sanguine
habit, pass a few shocks from his feet to the crown of his head: it will generally, or invariably produce redness of face, sometimes vertigo, and there will be a sensation of
an increased bulkiness of the head.
A certain physician, who had just purchased a machine of me, by some mistake took the shock ascendingly to the head, for the toothache:
It gave him all the above mentioned sensations, except vertigo; but it cured his toothache.
From the above cited occurrences and observations, it is demonstrably true, that the electric shock, when passed upon certain affections,
doth determine the course of their removal;
If the electric shock will separate such a coagulation, and, what is still more beneficial, throw it towards the surface; what shall
we think of physicians who have remonstrated against passing the shock upon a body of humours, lest they should fall upon some vital part, and prove fatal,
perhaps, to life, &c.
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