perkinism definition

  • noun:
    • A remedial treatment, by drawing the pointed extremities of two rods, every one of a new material, throughout the affected part; tractoration, -- very first employed by Dr. Elisha Perkins of Norwich, Conn. See metallotherapy.
    • A mode of treatment introduced by Elisha Perkins, an American physician (passed away 1799), consisting in applying to diseased components the extremities of two rods made from different metals, known as metallic tractors; tractoration.

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