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UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL EXPERIMENTAL DEL TÁCHIRA
VICERRECTORADO ACADÉMICO
DECANATO DE DOCENCIA
DEPARTAMENTO DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES
NÚCLEO DE IDIOMAS
ELECTROMEDICINE ENGLISH I (2010-1)
SEC: 04PROF. Guzmary López.

UNIT 3
ELECTROMEDICINE HISTORY

The first recorded use of electricity for health was found in Egyptian tombs, estimated to be inscribed around 2750 BC. The drawings showed themtouching electric eels for treatment. In the 1st century AD the Greeks were doing the same and recorded various health benefits, including pain relief. In the early days of the USA, Benjamin Franklininvented a device which produced electricity and he experimented with it on people with epilepsy. In 1752 Johann Schaeffer published the book "Electrical Medicine". At that time many physicians wereusing electricity on their patients. In 1858 Dr. Francis, a Philadelphia physician, was the first to describe the relief of dental pain by electricity and his methods then spread throughout the USA andEurope. By the late l800's the use of electricity for medical purposes was wide known.
Around 1900 there was much corruption in the business world and there were many medicines and devices beingadvertised as a cure for all kinds of ailments. As a consequence, electromedicine was basically misunderstood and discredited. In 1910 was prohibited from being taught in medical schools and doctorsstopped using electrical instruments. In spite of the virtual disappearance of all electrical therapy some investigation continued and new diagnostic and therapeutic devices were still becomingavailable. An electrotherapy book was published in 1916 and it described AC powered devices which had various transformer outputs for applying alternating current to the patient.
In the 1950’s a scientist bythe name of Royal Rife invented a new high-powered microscope to observe microbes while subjecting them to an electromagnetic field at various frequencies. This device output a simple voltage...
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