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feet. I would have them passed to the feet, that the whole mass of fluids may be clarified, and that there may be no danger of any sudden return of the disease. Continue this daily till well.


A great part of the world of mankind have been busied in combating cancers: thousands of nostrums, and infallible cures, have been invented; and almost any body you meet on the road, can prescribe a certain cure for this obstinate and dangerous disease.

It is not my intention to advise any body to throw away any infallible remedy, for electricity; nor any valuable specific, that may aid or assist in the cure; nor absolutely to believe that electricity can cure all sorts of cancers, without the assistance of some other medicine.

But as it so happens, that among all these nostrums, and infallible specifics, some people are so unfortunate as to fall victims to this disease, I hope I may be pardoned in recommending electricity to those who are employed in the art of healing, as a very valuable assisting mean; and I had almost resolved to set it as high as a bunch of roots and herbs, and so to call it an infallible cure for cancers. But there is a difficulty in monopolizing it as a nostrum; every body will know my medicine, and the whole world will turn quacks. I may as well divulge the secret, and let my neighbors have the benefit of it, if there is any to be had.

It will be readily conceived, that if the electric shocks do, in their action upon fluidities, vessels, &c. separate the coagulated particles of blood, accelerate the retained fluids, and dilate and open the passages, that they ought to be esteemed one of the most valuable discutients on earth; not only because they are the most powerful; but from a consideration of their being as easily applied to any internal part, as to the external. This gives them an infinite preference to any other discutient known in the world.

The utility of the electric shocks, in discussing a scrofulous tumour, or virulent sore, is so obvious, that I need not use importunity to persuade any person to put it to actual experiment.

The method I have made use of myself has been, to pass the shocks through the seat of the cancer, to repeat the electrification daily; or else, once in two days, to give sometimes ten, twelve, fifteen or twenty shocks each time. About one shock in twenty should be raised to a strong degree, the more surely to discuss and carry off the retained fluids, and thoroughly to break up the seat of the humours; but the remainder of the shocks may be light. The strong shocks will separate the coagulations, and dilate the passages; and the rest,

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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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