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This book presents a study of the effects of electric shock on the central and peripheral nervous system, based not only on cases in the author's own experience but also on cases taken from the literature. The author, an institutional physician in Berlin, had quite a few patients in his own material, who were shocked under circumstances sufficiently well known so that more or less accurate data could be obtained from the chief engineer of the Berlin Electrical Plants (Alvensleben) regarding the nature of the shocks, that is, their electrical and physical characteristics.
The cases are grouped, for purposes of study, into various classes: diseases of the spinal cord, peripheral nerves, cerebral lesions, with and without injury to the skull, and then a short section of theoretical nature is added on the cause of death.
Panse found more severe after-effects resulting from the passage of current through the spinal cord