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the forehead or top of the head to the feet, and they have immediately recovered their senses. This circumstance of the shock through the brain, being so very efficacious in giving relief in the epilepsy, has led me to suspect that the fit proceeds more from the brain, or the heads of the nerves in the medullary substance of the brain, than hath been generally suspected: the spasm, however, doth commonly, or always commence first in the head. I have seen persons, in the commencement of the paroxysm, standing upon their feet, their eyes drawn erect, their bodies turning swiftly round, until they fell by the universal spasm. Admitting that the epilepsy proceeds from some defect in the seat of sensation and the source of volition, it is no wonder that the electric shock has such an ascendency over any other means that can be found; seeing it is the only means that can act directly upon the brain and seat of the nerves: but as there is such an intimacy of sensation and sympathy between the brain and the nerves proceeding from the brain, that it is difficult to determine whether the defect is local in the head, or universal upon the nerves. I have inserted these remarks and observations that those who have abilities may judge of their value, if they have any.

Decoctions of valerian root, alternated with opiates, are sometimes beneficial. The patient must keep warm; one slight cold will bring on a paroxysm.

Cramp in the legs, or any other part, is always relieved for a time by taking a few light shocks upon the part affected: if the part is kept warm, it will keep the cramp off a long time; but if you wet your feet, or let the part be cold, the cramp will return immediately.



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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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