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June 5, 1954


JAMA. 1954;155(6):594-595. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.03690240060025

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Electrokinesia.  —H. Biancani has reported a new electrotherapeutic technique to the National Academy of Medicine. The hands are used as electrodes and as an instrument of perception at the same time. They are protected by an isolating glove supplied with another metallic glove. Both these gloves are covered with a third glove of a very soft tissue that can be soaked with various salt solutions and that will transmit the current into the patient's body without damaging the tissues. By using the manual electrodes, a series of electrical and mechanical stimuli can be given simultaneously and the reactions of the patient observed. The intensity of the current that thus passes into the subject can be observed and adjusted to his reactions. The authors claim the following advantages for this new procedure: 1. Direct stimuli and reflexes can be produced. 2. The reactions of the patient to mechanical and electrical stimuli

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