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December 31, 1938

ELECTROLYSIS: A DISCUSSION OF EQUIPMENT, METHOD OF OPERATION, INDICATIONS, CONTRAINDICATIONS, AND WARNINGS CONCERNING ITS USE

JAMA. 1938;111(27):2488-2491. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790530016012
Abstract

This article is prepared especially for those who are not familiar with the technic of application of electrolysis, the equipment and its uses.

Electrolysis is far from being a safe procedure in unskilled hands. Carelessness and ignorance when applied to electrolysis may cause injuries to the skin which are objectionable, disfiguring, painful and even, at times, dangerous.

Electrolysis, incorrectly termed "surgical ionization," involves the destruction or decomposition of tissues with the negative pole of a galvanic current. In chemistry the term electrolysis designates the decomposition of a chemical compound—that is, the separation of an electrolyte in solution into its constituent parts by a galvanic or direct current. Electrophoresis, incorrectly termed "medical ionization," includes iontophoresis. When medicaments are applied to the body either the positive or the negative pole may be the active electrode, depending on the drug used. The remaining indifferent electrode is used on some other portion of the

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