Many of these complaints have been treated by electricity, with variable success, as hysteria, epilepsy, chorea, etc., and Matteucci even ventured to recommend it in tetanus, on the ground that a continuance of the electric current exhausts after a time the excitability of the muscles; but experience has not yet pronounced in its favour. In spasmodic-asthma great relief is said to have been sometimes obtained by passing a current of galvanism from the nape of the neck to the pit of the stomach. Hiccough has been treated effectually, it is said, in the same way.