Introduction; Extract, Miscellaneous
La Beaume 1826
Electricty, Electrochemistry, Discovery, Accidents, Physiology, Chemistry, Genius, Medical Treatment
Luigi Galvani , Alessandro G A A Volta , Erasmus Darwin , Anthony Carlisle , William Nicholson , William Cruickshank , William Henry , Humphry Davy , George Children
Royal Society , Royal Institution
The editor introduces Michael La Beaume's work with the observation: 'To the medical practitioner this treatise is highly important, and to our readers we strongly recommend an earnest perusal of it' (281). The extract begins with a lengthy account of the history of galvanism, giving pride of place to Humphry Davy as 'the first chemist of the age' (282). The author makes great and wide-ranging claims for the 'medical properties of galvanism' (283).
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