The shocking truth about Franklin's contributions to modern therapy

What I want to do," says Stanley finger from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, "says Benjamin Franklin, that nobody knows."

Finger said UNLV students, teachers and society at university lectures online Barrick Museum on Monday.

After a brief summary of the life of Benjamin Franklin from his time as a young printer in Philadelphia during his travels abroad in Paris and London, leaving Pier some of the most popular on the life of Franklin.

Name of Medical Doctor Franklin: Electric Cure, "scientific work lecture draft prospect Franklin, which he said, the public and large are largely unknown.

Finger said that the connection of electricity to medicine began with the first experiments of Franklin, which was made after taking possession of electrical equipment brought into his company library.

He said that although the main story is largely emphasized the notorious experiment by Benjamin Franklin with kite string and enter the storm, which may or may not happen, the extent of his research in the field, we can confirm, of course, a pioneer in time.

Franklin was one of the first to recognize that electricity had been positive and negative charges, which naturally attracted to the points and that, according to the publication in 1751 of Franklin, "is all around us."

Provided a motive for the raid Franklin in medicine, Finger quoted from the famous Franklin's "Poor Richard's Almanac:" What good can I do in the "noble question in the world"

After the earlier hypothesis Johann Kruger, a German professor of medicine at the University of Halle, that Benjamin Franklin set out to test the assumption that electricity can be useful for medicine.

He was influenced by electro, sometimes with the help of renowned physicians such as John Pringle. Franklin worked for a large number of patients, including the James Logan, secretary of the William Penn, and Jonathan Belcher, Colonial Governor of New Hampshire and New Jersey.

Franklin was interested in the mysterious illness of the time, including hysteria, melancholia, depression and paralysis.

Though many of his attempts were unsuccessful treatment and treatment of patients with these conditions, some failed.

Franklin's treatment in 1757 patients show hysterical symptoms in more than 10 years, it was obvious success, with the patient about her condition was corrected by means of controlled shock administered by Franklin.

Although his work in medicine has been limited because of his involvement with other interests, the finger said it should be, and the experimental error in Franklin untouched field of medicine has paved the way for further research.

"With his idea that neurological disorders can be cured with electricity," Finger said: "Franklin made a monumental contribution to medicine."

After the lecture, set your finger on the questions from the audience, including one student asked why he decided to pursue this line of investigation.

He said the idea for the initial research came from a conversation with a student on the issues around the glass harmonica instrument Franklin invented. Question has led Pier to view the collection of 300,000 letters of Franklin for further investigation.

"[His work] really change the nature of what we have been able to accomplish," Pier told the audience.

Faculty of Psychology and College of Liberal Arts hosted the event in cooperation with the Nevada Humanities Association.

The lecture is just one of many meetings organized by the College of Liberal Arts at the University Forum Series.

"We tried to make a series of current, so it appeals to the community and campus audiences," says the English department, Timothy Ervin, who attends and helps with events "that shed light on different types of researcher and elsewhere are involved in."

Most speakers in a series of guests from other colleges and universities, but the UNLV faculty and lectures.

The next issue of the lecture series is to study global warming, presented by John Farley from the UNLV Department of Physics and Astronomy at 7:30 pm Thursday at the Barrick Museum Auditorium.

Stanley finger emeritus professor of psychology and editor of History of Neurology.

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