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January 14, 1974

Medical News

JAMA. 1974;227(2):129-142. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230150001001

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Clinical applications of electric current remain largely unexplored  A physical sciences approach to the practice of medicine is being advocated by some physicians who believe that electrically mediated growth mechanisms could be the basis for the next major advance.Because of the growing interest, the New York Academy of Sciences recently sponsored a conference on electrically mediated growth mechanisms in living systems. Papers were presented from many specialties, including anatomy, cell biology, chemistry, and theoretical physics.One of the key speakers was Robert O. Becker, MD, associate chief of staff for research at the VA Hospital in Syracuse, NY, who has been doing work on the use of electric current to stimulate tissue regeneration. (JAMAMedical News 223: 483 [Jan 29] 1973.)"You must not be misled by press comment," he told those attending the conference. "The true depth of knowledge in this area is extremely shallow."This does