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.