Edited by Brian P. Pace, MA, and Jennifer Reiling, Editorial Assistant.
BY CALEB BROWN, M.D.
In the successful prosecution of any line of work it is necessary to
have good tools to work with, and in no calling is this more important than
in the treatment of disease, the relief of suffering and the prolongation
of life, which are, or should be, the aim of every physician. Were we to examine
the armamentaria of the general practitioners of medicine, we would find that
where they had electrical apparatus it would, as a rule, be the farthest from
up-to-date of any appliances they might have. The reasons for this are twofold:
first, the market is flooded with, so far as treatment of disease is concerned,
worthless but not always cheap electrical appliances, the fancied merits of
these machines being constantly paraded before the medical profession by manufacturers
and selling agents; second, physicians are not sufficiently well informed
as to what they should or should not buy. Were we to ask every general practitioner
in this country: Do you use electricity in your practice? many of them would
answer yes, but should we examine their apparatus we would find in a very
large per cent. of cases that their electrical outfit consisted of a so-called
family or physician's battery, a box containing one or more cells, with a
coil attached for the faradic current and possibly an arrangement for the
galvanic current, but absolutely no reliable means of regulating the dosage.
. . .
THE USE OF ELECTRICITY BY THE GENERAL PRACTITIONER.. JAMA. 1998;280(14):1226E. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1226