Electricity, while not old in medicine, can not be considered new. One of the first advocates of static electricity as a medical agent, I believe, was John Wesley. While endeavoring to educate the people to his ideas of a religious life he spent some time writing and teaching how to apply static electricity for the relief of pain and the cure of certain diseased conditions. He must have given the subject considerable thought and study for much of his advice is as good as that of any of the writings we have at the present time. While there is no doubt in my mind that static electricity may be used to advantage in nearly all forms of neurotic troubles, I shall confine myself in this short paper to its use in the treatment of morphinism.
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