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May 2, 1885


JAMA. 1885;IV(18):494-495. doi:10.1001/jama.1885.02390930018004

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The paper on this subject read before the International Medical Congress, in 1884, by Dr. Boudet, of Paris, is to be found in Nos. 6 and 7 of Le Progrès Médical, for the current year. The idea of using electricity for this purpose is not new, as the author of the paper in question states; a current from a static machine was employed in a case in England in 1797, and in 1826 Roy d' Etiolles brought up the question of using a galvanic current for the treatment of intestinal occlusion in the Académie de Médecine. Still later Duchenne, of Boulogne, used the Faradic current with considerable success.

The two great obstacles in the way of this method of treating intestinal occlusion have been to determine whether the galvanic or the Faradic current is preferable, and the difficulties of devising an instrument which would distribute an equable current throughout the

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