It begins to dawn upon the medical mind that the field covered by electricity is larger than that comprised by any other curative agency. That this should occur long after the whole world was disposed to accept the discovery of electricity in a form applicable to medical treatment as one which was to revolutionize medical practice, is at the first glance strange, but is nevertheless susceptible of easy explanation.
Electricity, known even to the ancients, had yet to wait until a time so modern as the end of the last century before a machine was devised to administer it even in the static form. Then, when men found themselves possessed of a force which they could for the first time generate and control, they naturally fell into confused notions about its being the vital force. Hence, when it is considered that the static form of electricity has comparatively little range
SHOEMAKER JV. THE THERAPEUTIC USES OF ELECTRICITY. JAMA. 1889;XIII(7):222–226. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02401050006002
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