February 22, 1890


JAMA. 1890;XIV(8):272-274. doi:10.1001/jama.1890.02410080020002

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A New Method of Mercurial Treatment.  G. Gaertner and S. Ehrmann, of the Medical Faculty of the University of Vienna, report their experience in the application of mercury by means of an electrical bath. For this purpose a bathing tub was constructed with two compartments, one above the other, separated by a diaphragm. The diaphragm adapts itself almost hermetically to the human body. The walls and floor of the tub are covered with electrodes (plates of copper or zinc) which are covered by perforated wood. The covering of one of the compartments is placed in contact with the positive pole; that of the other with the negative pole of the battery. Between the two compartments there is no other communication than that of the human body, the diaphragm being constructed of an insulating substance and the water of the two compartments only communicating by openings almost capillary in size, and

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