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April 23, 1887

TREATMENT OF FIBROID TUMORS OF THE UTERUS BY ELECTROLYSIS, WITH A DESCRIPTION OF APOSTOLI'S METHOD.Read before the Chicago Medical Society, Dec. 20, 1886.

JAMA. 1887;VIII(17):449-454. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391420001001
Abstract

Unfortunately, the term "electrolysis," as applied to the treatment of disease, has been by many, for some unaccountable reason, greatly misunderstood. Because an electric battery is one of the requisites of treatment by electrolysis, the term has become synonymous with any form of electrical application; whether of the galvanic, faradic or static variety. This is a mistake. To successfully treat any particular diseased condition by electrolysis, certain scientific principles are involved, that are as necessary for us to understand as it is for an inventor to understand certain scientific principles before he can successfully construct an electric motor.

Electrolysis is simply an expression for an electrical phenomenon. It is necessary for us to have certain conditions present in order to obtain this phenomenon: 1. A continuous current of electricity; 2, an electrolyte; 3, means of conveying the current through the electrolyte. And unless we have present in every case upon

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