be less difficulty in the cure. Dr. Cavallo, in treating of this case by electricity, speaks very confidently and emphatically;
and intimates, if I remember right, that there is no failure of cure, under a proper treatment, by the electric shocks.
From what I have observed in a long practice, I have reason to believe that very few, if any cases of partial, or even total suppression of menstruation,
would be able to resist the power of the shocks in remedying this complaint:
but when it has been of long continuance, more time will be occupied in establishing a due action in the part; indeed, the intention of cure must be directed
to the whole system, to increase the vital stimulus of blood, to enliven the mind, and animate the functions both of body and mind, as much as possible.
The electric shocks keeping the fluids duly attenuated, and every passage of evacuation open and free, the establishment of health will be complete,
as soon as the quantity of vital stimulus is sufficiently increased.
If the supernatural insolation is of any use in any case, no one will doubt the propriety of making use of it in this: It appears to me,
to be peculiarly adapted to assist in this deficient action. There can be no doubt, but that an agent so invigorating, so stimulating and enlivening
to the motion of the fluids, must, by a suitable application and continuation, produce a very valuable effect in removing a state of deficient excitement,
and in establishing health from any disease which hath originated or doth exist in debility, either of the direct or of the indirect kind.
I must intrude my catholicon upon the stage a little longer, that its abilities may be further exhibited: nor shall I blush to own,
(and that in the face of those who say, a medicine that is good for every thing, is good for rothing) that there are several diseases not yet named,
in which electricity is an admirable specific. If you can find nothing more fashionable, or infallible, in curing this scrofula, than the electric shock;
or if you can stoop to a mean so simple, and but little in fashion and estimation; or if you will not be ashamed to obtain your cure so cheap and easy,
then you shall be directed to an infallible cure. First, the part on which the shocks are to be applied, must be warmly covered, and that steadily
continued until perfectly well. The shocks must be passed through the seat of the disease: they must be, at least some of them, smart shocks,
in order to separate the coagulations, accelerate the contained fluids, and dilate and open the passages, that so the circulations may be again performed.
I need not say much on this head; only that the part be kept warm, and indeed the whole body, and about twenty or thirty shocks daily to be given
from just above the feat of the disease, and passed down to the
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