Electricity in Medicine in the 1700s

John WesleyJohn Wesley, a member of the clergy in England, was fascinated by Benjamin Franklin’s experiments with electricity in the US. In “John Wesley and the Eighteenth Century Therapeutic Uses of Electricity” a review of Wesley’s work by H. Newton Malony states that:

several historians have credited Wesley with being one of the most notable electrotherapists in the eighteenth century and with stimulating nineteenth century developments in psychiatry and general medicine.

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What Happened to Early Use of Electricity in Medicine?

Mark D Hiatt MDThe Flexner Report to the Carnegie Foundation in 1910 about medical education brought a halt to the use of electricity for healing and also buried the recognition of the electrical nature of the body. The Flexner Report was never, apparently, scrutinized until Mark D. Hiatt, MD, MBA had a closer look 2000. In “The Amazing Logistics of Flexner’s Fieldwork”, he reveals the obvious flaws in the Flexner Report.

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