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being light, will be sufficient to propel off the morbid humours.

In electrifying for a cancer, as well as for a king's evil, it is best to pass many shocks through every part of the system, and thoroughly attenuate the blood: keep the body continually warm, that the perspiration may not be interrupted, but that the humours may be cleansed, and the blood totally clarified of the scrofula.

If the cancer is in or about the head, then the head must be warmly covered, and the face, so far as to keep it in a perspiration. Do not dream of making a cure, unless these instructions are rigidly attended to. Do not say, as many will, "I am not apt to take cold." This has been the eternal disgrace of electricity, and will continue so to be, unless people can be persuaded to be all attention, to be continually upon their guard, that not the least degree of coolness approaches them for a moment.

I have used electricity on several cancers: the first was on myself. Suffering much pain, by various applications, and all to no good effect, I began to despair of a cure; But, having observed the effect of the electric shocks upon other kinds of sores, after some reflection, I was determined to make the experiment on myself. (This was about the first of my practice.) Accordingly, I took fifty very light shocks, directly through the cancer; afterwards I took about twenty daily, mostly very light. This I continued ten or twelve days: Then I desisted as many more days; by which time I saw the cancer was nearly well; and I have not been troubled with it since, which is about eight years. But this application was made in three or four months after it was discovered to be a cancer.

The second case was a young man from Albany, whose name has flipt my memory. He called on me at Ballston pool. He had what is called a spider, on his face, but a recent one: its head was not larger than a pea; but it was evidently a cancer, from the symptoms of sympathy, which he said were like a stinging, darting from its seat round his face. To be short, he was electrified a few times, and it totally disappeared, and every sensation of it.

The third was a lady, on a visit from the city of New-York, to her friends in Claverack. Hers was of the former description, only about the size of a large bean, accompanied with the former symptoms; and was a cancer, in the judgment of different physicians, who had seen it in New-York. While she tarried, I electrified it three or four times, on different days; and it was almost reduced before she left the place.

I have electrified several others in an accidental manner; and the shocks always abated the irritation, smarting, and uncomfortable sensations of the cancer: But not having an

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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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