While it is true that electricity is an agent of much pracitcal therapeutic value, it is also true that it is looked on with skepticism by a large number of the preofession. The reasons for this would seem to be two-fold: First, the great majority of those who employ it do so with out a proper understanding of its capabilities, limitations and the proper technic, and hence do not get the results they expect. As an example of this I not long ago saw a patient with paralysis of the arms due to a neuritis induced by lead, to which the faradic current had been ordered applied for twenty minutes twice dialy by a prominent physician. The uselessness and posible harmfulness of such a procedure will be apparent to all acquainted with the proper use of electricity. In hospitals also the electricity is frequently applied by a nurse, who as a rule, has received no intelligent instruction in its use.
POTTS CS. THE PRACTICAL USES OF ELECTRICITY IN MEDICINE. JAMA. 1910;55(11):936–940. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330110036011
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