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astringent medicines may be administered to restore the habit in a much shorter time. I have made use of the bark, elixir vitriol, brandy, &c. for bracers, after electrification; but sometimes opium answers a better intention.

The gentle dysentery, white or green purgings in children, are immediately relieved by the gentle shock; it always regulates the digestion. I have given ten or twelve shocks, in this disease, to a child of four weeks old; and that single electrification restored the child to health.

In the epidemic at Galway, I would not use any thing but the shocks, until I substantiated their infallibility, and made it evident to many people, that they were a sure restorative, without any assisting mean whatever. But that I may do justice in every page, and to every subject, it is necessary to observe, that none of these cases were very far advanced; they were mostly recent ones; the patients were all able to go or be carried abroad. If costiveness preceded the disease, a cathartic should be given; for the shocks are not laxative, in the sense of a cathartic, but only a propellant of laxative contents; and that by springing the intestines, the blood secreted in the intestines will be discharged, and a further effusion upon the intestines will be restrained; but without a purge, costiveness may remain, to the detriment of the patient.

There may be a combination of complaints, in this or any other of the diseases I have mentioned, to be treated by electricity, which may make it necessary to vary the manner of treatment by electricity; to conjoin different assisting medicines, 7c. &c. all of which, must be left to the observation and judgment of the electrician, physician, &c. The strangury, that so often accompanies the vehement dysentery, is always removed by passing a few light shocks down the urinary passages.

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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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