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The Philosophical transactions, giving some account of the present undertakings, studies, and labours, of the ingenious, in many considerable parts of the world. Vol. L, Part II for the year 1758
London : Royal Society 1759 - Quarto. 481-876, index. Illustrated with eighteen folding plates, including a large folding engraving of the streets of Peking. Bound in contemporary green 1/4 sheepskin over marbled boards. Wear to extremities. Tail of boards starting. Internally good with toning occurring. Contains Benjamin Franklin's "An Account of the Effects of Electricity in paralytic cases." Benjamin Franklin was involved not only with the nature of electricity but with its possible medical utility. People of the 18th century hoped 'electrical fire' would provide a cure for paralysis. They believed that sending a charge through the affected limbs might increase blood flow, regenerate muscle and restore movement or physical control. Franklin was doubtful about the usefulness of electrical treatment for palsy and paralysis and never promoted himself as an electrical therapist. Nonetheless, because of his reputation as an electrical innovator, he was from time to time contacted by people seeking electrical therapy. Using an electrostatic generator (in which electrical charge was created by rubbing material against a mounted glass ball or cylinder turned by a crank) and a Leyden jar (which stored the electrical energy), Franklin obliged those patients who came to him desiring electrical therapies, though Franklin's patients found no permanent cure for their paralysis. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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