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Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Review articles
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Accepted: 2014-06-30
Published online: 2014-06-30
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The “torpedo” effect in medicine

Gregory Tsoucalas, Marianna Karamanou, Maria Lymperi, Vassiliki Gennimata, George Androutsos
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2014.0015
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):65-67.

open access

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Review articles
Submitted: 2014-06-30
Accepted: 2014-06-30
Published online: 2014-06-30

Abstract

The natural electrical phenomena fascinated humans since antiquity. The electrical discharges produced by the torpedo fish were highly appreciated among ancient physicians as Hippocrates, Scribonius Largus and Galen and were prescribed for headache, gout and prolapsed anus. In the medieval period, torpedo’s electrical properties were attributed to occult powers, while Renaissance physicians’ and scientists’ studied the anatomy and mechanical nature of the provoked shock paving the way for the discovery of the electrical nature of torpedo’s activity and the evolution of electrotherapy.

Abstract

The natural electrical phenomena fascinated humans since antiquity. The electrical discharges produced by the torpedo fish were highly appreciated among ancient physicians as Hippocrates, Scribonius Largus and Galen and were prescribed for headache, gout and prolapsed anus. In the medieval period, torpedo’s electrical properties were attributed to occult powers, while Renaissance physicians’ and scientists’ studied the anatomy and mechanical nature of the provoked shock paving the way for the discovery of the electrical nature of torpedo’s activity and the evolution of electrotherapy.
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Keywords

narke, Galen, Francesco Redi, Henry Cavendish, electrotherapy

About this article
Title

The “torpedo” effect in medicine

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 2 (2014)

Pages

65-67

Published online

2014-06-30

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2014.0015

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(2):65-67.

Keywords

narke
Galen
Francesco Redi
Henry Cavendish
electrotherapy

Authors

Gregory Tsoucalas
Marianna Karamanou
Maria Lymperi
Vassiliki Gennimata
George Androutsos

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