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He said some doctors had advised his father to the use of the mineral in that case, and to drink all he could of it, and his father had come to his house to try the experiment. I again cautioned him to use it moderately as first; for I was very certain there was danger of a very free use of so powerful a diuretic, in his father's situation. But it appeared that his father followed the counsel of his doctors: he drank some quarts of the water, as I was informed, in a very little time; I think in about one hour; but it proved true that the stone was pressed into the neck of the bladder, and no means could be found to resist it. The man continued a few days in great agony, and then expired. I have mentioned this fact, for a caution to any person, who may apply to the same mineral in a similar circumstance, that they use the water but very moderately at first, and take time to make the experiment in a more judicious manner.

Menses obstructed, &c.

A sudden obstruction from cold, or any Other accident, may be restored, most commonly, by a single electrification. About forty shocks, of considerable force, in a firm constitution, have often given complete relief: they fliould be passed, some through the uterus from the fore-side to the back, some from the back to the inside of the thigh, and from all round the waist to the feet, I have known this operation, in a sanguine habit, to give relief before they left the machine.

But in a penury of blood, languor, deficiency of excitement, &c. the case is quite dissimilar, and requires more patience to restore: It calls for all the mental and animal stimulants or application of remedy to be made, both to body and mind, in some particular cases. If it is caused by disappointment in love, intense grief, causing a dejection of spirits, the application must be made to the mind, if possible. If the object of defire cannot be obtained, the unhappy sufferer should be removed to a place and company, where there is no knowledge, no mention of his name; she must not be suffered to live in the house, nor walk a road where she had ever enjoyed his company. These precautions and necessary pre-requisites being attended to, let her have lively company, frequent entertainments and amusements, often riding on horseback and in carriages, generous wines, nutricious soluble diet, and, if they can be had, frequent insolations; and, to make a completion of cure, let her be electrified, but very lightly, in the fame directions above named, and repeat it from time to time, but especially at the periodical times, as nigh as may be, that the artificial effort may join hand with the natural, in producing the defired effect.

When a dejection of spirits hath had no hand in inducing a suppression, &c. there will

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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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