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November 30, 1901

EFFECT OF DIRECT, ALTERNATING, TESLA CURRENTS AND X-RAYS ON BACTERIA.

Author Affiliations

Professor of Clinical Pathology and Bacteriology at the Northwestern University Medical School, and Post-Graduate Medical School. CHICAGO.

JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(22):1432-1442. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.62470480002002
Abstract

The subject of this study is one that does not seem to have received the attention it merits. The most extravagant claims for and against the effect of various electrical currents have been made in the past. If we are to judge from the vague statements in the current text-books on bacteriology and electro-therapeutics, it becomes evident that further investigation and experimental work are necessary for a more exact knowledge of this interesting and practical subject. I have carefully examined most of the text-books on bacteriology and electro-therapeutics and find but few which mention the subject at all.

On the other hand, we find in the literature numerous cases where the germicidal action of various electric currents seems to have been clinically proven, and where "electricity" is claimed to have cured certain cases. Are these cures only due to the production of antiseptics and germicides by electrolysis? Can any of

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