The use of electricity as a therapeutic agent in dis-ease requires special training and study and should not be attempted by an unskilled person. It is desirable, however, that nurses should be cognizant of the various forms such treatment may take in order that they may intelligently prepare their patients for such treatment and if necessary assist in administering it.

It would be impossible within the limits of a brief chapter to do more than indicate the various phases of such a far-reaching subject. The aim of the accompanying outline, therefore, is to emphasize, for the benefit of the nurse in general practice, a few practical points commonly overlooked, and to serve as a point of departure for those desiring to make further study of the subject.

Among the more common types of electric current used for therapeutic purposes are the following: Galvanism, faradism, the static and high-frequency currents.