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September 5, 1891

A New Method of Direct Electrization of the Stomach.

JAMA. 1891;XVII(10):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410880033014

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Electricity has for a long time held so important a place in the treatment of visceral diseases that it is surprising that so little has been accomplished in perfecting a method for its application to the stomach, one of the most readily reached of all internal organs. In 1877, Kussmaul began to practice direct electrization of the stomach by means of an olive-shaped electrode introduced upon the extremity of an insulating stomach-tube, but the apparatus was clumsy, and, because of its direct contact with the visceral wall, forbade the use of a galvanic current. Bardet's improved electrode (1884) was a distinct advance, but was inconvenient and even impracticable for all but patients well accustomed to lavage of the stomach.

Feinhorn (Medical Record, May 9, 1891), has constructed an electrode on the principle of his "Stomach bucket," and proposes for it the name " Deglutable Stomach Electrode." It consists of a hard-rubber

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