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THIS disease has been, and is yet, very often fatal under ancient practice. The old method of treating it by absorbents, is now totally discarded, excepting by a few obstinate antique practioners, who value their antiquated education more than the lives of their patients; who are too wise to learn any thing, ande, I had almost said, to know any thing. But, happily for mankind, it is now known to be easily removed, by treating with diffusables, such as promote secretions, perspiration, &c.

The excessive action of the kidneys in secreting urine from the blood, is removed or prevented by promoting the secretion of the perspirable vapour: and if you have nothing that will produce this effect easier and quicker than the electric shocks, you may use them, and they will answer the purpose; or if all other means prove ineffectual, yet will not this mean. The shocks may, and must be passed in every part of the system daily, till the disease is removed, and health restored. About forty shocks may be daily given; but they must be of the moderate kind. When this disease is suffered to remain long, indigestion will be very likely to ensue, and costiveness, which will requite some other aid to remove, besides electricity. But, even in this state, it is not always safe to depend on physic altogether: it will sometimes prove fatal; as also in a dry bilious cholic. In this situation, recourse must be had to a peculiar diet, and that of the soluble kind, such as meat broiled on fire-coals, and mutton broth; and, in a desperate case, the entrails of a sheep, boiled to a pulp-like consistence, and with a trifle of salt, will answer an excellent purpose in healing, sheating and promoting, and inducing an easy action in the passages, and will make a repetition of cathartics unnecessary. But what is the ultimatum of treating a confirmed state of costiveness with common purges? True, they grant a temporary relief, but with more and more difficulty, as the repetition is made; and that, because they diminish the already too scanty nutriment of the system. This general deficiency effects a particular deficiency, at least sometimes, of bile, pancreatic juice, gastric fluid and saliva, a due degree of which are necessary to support the digestion. The discharge of the digestive fluids into the stomach, duodenum, &c. may be promoted by the shocks; but to continue a diminution of their source is imprudent: A better method appears to be, to supply the most nutricious food possible, and that of the easiest digestion, soluble and healing to the bowels, such as above recommended, with brandy and molasses for constant drink. Let this regimen be constantly observed, and gentle shocks repeated daily, till the patient is restored to health from a diabetes, or confirmed costiveness in

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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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