Van Deusen/Kosinski Collection

the quill may be taken in hand, within two inches of the rod, and held to the part intended.


THE electric shocks are an effectual and sudden cure for the quinsy. Bring on the shocks a little above the affected part, and pass them down to the lower extremities. If it is done in the first stages, they will break it immediately, by the dilation of the shocks, striking into the suppurated matter.

I have used the shocks frequently on the quinsy, and have ever found gentle shocks to answer the purpose; and the shocks hardly ever need repeating more than twice of three times: ten or fifteen are sufficient for one time. Let the part be covered.

Sore throat, inflammatory sore throat, canker, &c. in the throat and bowels, may all be assisted, and finally cured, by gentle electrifications through the part, and covered warmly.


VERTIGO, or swimming in the head, proceeds from a redundancy of blood, caused by the over-action of the ascendens aorta. To prevent or cure, let strong shocks be passed from the sides of the neck, quite down to the feet. The shocks will restore an equilibrium of the circulations, and throw off the redundancy from the head. Six or eight pretty strong shocks are generally sufficient to effect this.


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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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