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April 12, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(15):942-943. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480150036003

Electricity has always been a field for the sanguine therapeutist and too often a disappointment to the conservative judicious practitioner. High hopes raised by flattering reports of its efficiency have been again and again overthrown by the hard lessons of actual experience and some, like a distinguished German neurologist, have even gone so far as to hold that in the vast majority of cases its good effects have been merely those of psychic impressions, thus practically relegating it to the class of suggestive medicine. Methods of its employment— the Apostoli treatment for myomata for example—have been a temporary craze, to be almost entirely forgotten in a very few years. When d'Arsonval showed some years ago that currents of very high potential might be used on human beings with perfect safety, hope ran high for the eventual discovery of effective electrical treatment. It proved as disappointing as all previous methods of