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Growth Retarded By Electricity

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Dr. Herdman Established It Could be Increased.




To Show That an Excess of Application Will Have Opposite Effect.


Prof. W. J. Herdman has now completed his scientific research as to the result of electricity upon the growth of animals. He has satisfied himself beyond any doubt that animals subjected to an electrical field can be made to grow more rapidly than the same animals when not surrounded by the influences of an electrical atmosphere.


Some of the time the animals used in his experiments were rabbits and at other times guinea pigs. As soon as the animals were old enough to be separated from their mother, they were divided into bunches as nearly alike in age and weight as possible. The two bunches were placed in conditions of living in all respects similar except that one bunch was treated in a rage through which an alternating electric current passed for a period of six hours each day. When the time expired for the animals to get their full growth, it was found that the "electrically" treated animals had gained from 18 to 24 per cent at the end of each succeeding week.


This has been the stimulating effect and Prof. Herdman has deduced the averages to show that the limit of the time of treatment, or daily application should be about two hours.


He has lately been investigating the depressing effect by applying a stronger and more lasting current and the results he is obtaining are just as interesting. The growth of animals can be retarded as well as it can he increased.


Said Dr. Herdman to the Argus: "Why experiments show that the animals will have an increase up to a certain point and then the curve will decline rapidly when treated for the depressing effect. I have not made up the average yet but the growth can certainly be retarded." Dr. Herdman has no doubt but that human beings subjected to similar treatments will show similar results but the difficulty in getting "material" for the experiments is obvious.