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Article
January 13, 1900

NOTES ON CATELECTROLYSIS (ELECTROLYSIS) IN THE TREATMENT OF SKIN DISEASES.

Author Affiliations

DERMATOLOGIST TO THE GERMAN POLIKLINIK. NEW YORK CITY.

JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(2):74-76. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.24610020010002b

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Abstract

There is such a radical difference between an operation performed with intruments connected with the positive pole of a galvanic battery and one performed with instruments connected with the negative pole, that both should not be designated by the one common name "electrolysis." I would like to suggest that we call the operation performed with instruments connected with the negative pole—cathode, catelectrode—"catelectrolysis," and that with the positive pole—anode—"anelectrolysis." The development of oxygen at the positive pole, when the current is closed, makes it impossible to use a steel needle, or jeweler's broach, in anelectrolysis, nor can there be made such a fine, strong and springy instrument out of gold, platinum, iridium or silver. This is a mechanical disadvantage only, but anelectrolysis has little intrinsic value—in fact, it acts like a simple cauterization by heat. It is entirely different with catelectrolysis. What we can accomplish here is this: We can charge,

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