Online exhibition looking at how electricity in a medical capacity has developed from the Antiquities through to the early twentieth century. Quack treatments are examined alongside studies of anatomy and x-rays.
The next major development came from Jean Jallabert who discovered the ability to stimulate muscles by electricity.
In 1746 he recorded the first successful treatment of paralysis, a locksmith whose arm had been injured while forging an iron bar. Jallabert observed that by insulating the patient on wax and electrifying him with a Leyden jar, involuntary contractions were caused in the muscles from which he drew sparks. The passing of a current stimulated muscle regeneration and increased blood flow.
Others' mixed results in replicating his experiments were more a testament to his unusual combination of knowledge, electrical and anatomical, than his methods. By 1760, there had been numerous accounts of treatment of paralysis, muscular rigidity and nervous disorders.