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April 23, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(17):472-473. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391420024008

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Dear Sir:  —The enterprising spirit of Dr. Engelmann, as exhibited in his letter to The Journal of April 16, in which he criticises me for statements in reply to Dr. Cutter's letter in The Journal of February 5, is really very refreshing.First, he says: "In No. 7, February 12, 1887, p. 195, Dr. Martin tells us that he has used from 25 milliampères to 10 ampères through a fibroid tumor, with one surface electrode and without causing pain enough to require an anæsthetic. Ten ampères... would scorch the body as would a stroke of lightning. This is impossible." Dr. Engelmann continues on this line: "No man ever has or ever will pass 10 ampères through living tissue, as this would scorch the skin and destroy the activity of the nerve tissue." I would like to inquire as to the kind of scientific man who dares to make such unqualified

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