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June 21, 1913

Electricity in Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat.

JAMA. 1913;60(25):1978. doi:10.1001/jama.1913.04340250046031

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Part I devote to the physics of electricity and electrotherapeutic apparatus. Part II treats of the therapeutic uses of electricity and the technic of its application, including phototherapy and the Roentgen rays. Part III covers the use of electricity in diseases of the eye and describes its application in practically every abnormal condition from blepharitis marginalis to atrophy of the optic nerve, including errors of refraction. The author does not claim to have personally seen benefit from electricity or "electric massage" in cases of error of refraction, but quotes from Dr. S. J. Harris of Boston some astounding statements. For example, in speaking of the effect of such treatment in hyperopia, he says: "Out of two hundred children ranging from 10 to 15 years, having a hypermetropia of .50 to 3.00 D., one hundred of them have been able to go without glasses, fifty of them needed only very weak glasses,

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