For healthcare professionals only


Today's facts are tomorrow's fallacies

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:412
  1. Anton Sebastian, locum consultant, Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
  1. sbstna{at}

    Electricity was used in antiquity as treatment for various illnesses. During the reign of Nero, the Greek physician Dioscorides used the electrical properties of ray fish to treat headache. The first specific use of electrotherapy in angina was by the eminent French neurologist Guillaume Benjamin Duchenne of Boulogne.

    He tried it for the first time on a patient “Pérone, aged fifty, a …

    View Full Text

    Log in

    Log in through your institution


    * For online subscription