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The use of a soluble metallic electrode as the positive pole of a galvanic current is specially avoided in the usual applications to the uterine and other mucous cavities whenever the pure action of the electricity alone is desired. To avoid this disintegration of the electrode and the consequent local action of the nascent metallic salt produced by its erosion, it has been necessary to employ non-oxidizable electrodes with this pole; platinum and carbon being the only practicable materials. It has however, been more recently discovered that the nascent salts produced by the corrodible electrodes have a distinct value in certain cases, particularly those in which a local alterative and antiseptic action is desirable. The salts produced by this erosion of a base metal anode are oxychlorids, produced by union of the free oxygen, and chlorin developed by the electrical action, and being in a nascent condition are particularly active.
MASSEY GB. THE TREATMENT OF HEMORRHAGIC CONDITIONS OF THE UTERUS BY ZINC-AMALGAM ELECTROLYSIS. JAMA. 1895;XXV(8):318–319. doi:10.1001/jama.1895.02430340018001g
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