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ELECTRICITY AS A THERAPEUTICAL AGENT IN THE TREATMENT OF DYSMENORRHŒA AND PELVIC INFLAMMATIONS.Read at the Annual Meeting of the Illinois State Medical Society, at Springfield, Ill., May 20, 1891.

F. J. PARKHURST, M.D.
JAMA. 1891;XVI(26):910-914. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410780010001e.
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As a therapeutical agent, electricity has a wider range of usefulness than any other one agent known to the medical profession to-day. A great deal of good can be done with it when properly and carefully used. The ancients had a limited knowledge of its power to cure disease. Their batteries were furnished them in the form of an electrical fish, the raja torpedo, found in the Mediterranean Sea. Shocks from these torpedoes were often used in the treatment of disease. Since Galvani discovered galvanism in the year 1786, advancement has been made in the study and use of it. The past sixty years and more, especially the past twenty years, it has received much attention at the hands of the medical profession. The past seven years it has especially been used in the treatment of diseases of women. At the present time it is being lauded to the skies

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