Bassett, C. Andrew L. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioelectric Research Center, Columbia University, New York, New York.
Guy, Arthur W. Bioelectromagnetism Research Laboratory, School for Medicine and College of Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Sackheim, Harold A. Department of Psychiatry, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York.
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- Low-Frequency Electrotherapy
- Excitable tissues
- Nonexcitable tissues
- Diathermy and Hyperthermia
- Electroconvulsive Therapy
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The use of electric current to treat disease. Electrotherapy is based on principles developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries following the first demonstration of “animal electricity” by Luigi Galvani in the eighteenth century. This article covers low-frequency electrotherapy, diathermy and hyperthermia, and electroconvulsive therapy.
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