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February 12, 1910

ELECTRIC BURNS

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EVANSTON, ILL.

JAMA. 1910;LIV(7):506-508. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.92550330001001a
Abstract

In this day and age, we recognize in electricity man's greatest ally. Guarded and under control, it has become the greatest factor in the progress of industries. On the other hand, it is capable of being most destructive to human life.

Electricity is seen in two great forms: static and dynamic. The static is that seen in common lightning, while the dynamic form or current electricity is the controlled and useful form.

FACTORS DETERMINING RESULTS OF INJURIES  Current electricity is injurious and destructive or harmless, depending on the following factors: (1) kind of current; (2) its intensity; (3) length of time of contact; (4) the part traversed; (5) the vital resistance of the body through which the current is passing.1. It is generally admitted that the alternating or indirect current is more dangerous to life than the direct. Edson says: "Contrary to what one would expect, the higher the voltage the less the danger

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