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December 3, 1910

Electricity in Poliomyelitis

JAMA. 1910;55(23):1998. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330230056023

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To the Editor:—  Dr. Theodore Diller, commenting on Dr. B. Sach's paper of October 22, takes up the treatment of electricity (The Journal, Nov. 5, 1910, p. 1663), and condemns its use in poliomyelitis. If other medical colleges teach as much about electricity and its medical uses as the one I attended their graduates had something to learn after leaving college. I wish to protest against the condemnation of this most useful agent, which at times gives almost magical results even when abused in its use. If one forgets the dose of a medicament or takes up one with which he is unfamiliar, he looks in a "dose" book and prescribes accordingly. If the drug is a liquid it is usually dissolved in an alcoholic solution (and alcohol has been known to make people forget they ever had a pain).When it comes to the use of electricity, either medicinally

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