JF Ptak Science Books Quick Post
This is the fourth in a new series of posts on interesting, early applications of electricity, most of which are taken from the archives of the U.S. Patent Office.
I'm not sure exactly what Mr. Paige was trying to do with this electrical implement of his--he writes:
which to my mind means that he is passing a "medicine" over or into some part of the body and while doing so either passes a charge through the liquid or provides a small series of shocks to the affected area so that it hurries the treatment along a little faster, or with more efficacy, or something. Whether this is a topical application, or a delivery to an open wound, or to an incision is not altogether clear to me. As is generally the case with these things, the inventor is given the luxury in the patent report of not having to say what the thing they have invented actually "does" after describing how it is that the machine will "do" it.