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June 11, 1887


JAMA. 1887;VIII(24):669-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391490025009

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Dear Sir:  —In a few of your recent numbers, not only have I been the subject of criticism for my advocacy of strong currents of electricity in the treatment of fibroid tumors of the uterus, but the technical correctness of some of my statements has been questioned. In regard to the first I think I will be able to justify myself, while the latter simply requires an explanation.In order for one uninitiated to understand how it is possible to employ, without disastrous results, a current of electricity of as great intensity as that recommended by Dr. Apostoli, or as recommended in my article in The Journal of April 4, it is necessary that he be made familiar with the following points: 1. The toleration of the particular tissues traversed by the current; 2, the end sought by the operation; 3, the principles of the electrodes; 4, kind of current

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