Tufts, Turell, 1770-1842. A.L.s. to Cotton Tufts; 2 sides (8 pages), 1805, 1805 Digital
Scope and Contents
Correspondence to his uncle regarding Tufts' experiments with the healing properties of water. He describes a case of a sailor suffering from fever and madness, for which Tufts ordered the other sailors to bind the man and continuously drench him with water. Tufts writes that after this course of therapy, which included applying "about 50 pails" of water on the second day, the sailor arrived in Boston "in perfect health & reason." He speculates the sailor's madness was not caused by liquor consumption but sun exposure. Tufts also includes details of a separate case of a British sailor suffering from fever who recovered after alternating warm and cold baths. He further includes his observations on electric eels, galvanism, and use of electrical current therapy in medical care.
Language of Materials
Papers are in English.
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