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December 24, 1904


JAMA. 1904;XLIII(26):1977-1978. doi:10.1001/jama.1904.02500260067011

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The future uses of electricity, as described by Nikola Tesla, are interesting to contemplate from the standpoint of fiction, whether one is prepared to accept the statements as plausible or not. In a recent article in the Electrical World and Engineer, Tesla announces that "many thousands of simultaneous telegraph and telephonic messages, through one single conducting channel, natural or artificial, and without serious mutual interference, are certainly practicable, while millions are possible." We should certainly welcome this wholesale elimination of telegraph and telephone wires which form such networks in our great cities and which are often a menace to life. This elimination would certainly be a step in advance from the standpoint of municipal art. Tesla further announces the possibility of collecting electric energy all over the globe in small amounts, and by it running clocks and all the common machinery. Thus the physician will only have to tap the

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