Instances from history show that people tried to change/alter the mood, cure diseases by passing electric current through ones head. Now it is looked as viable option by main stream science. Not too far away are those days where we flip the switch and experience new things!

48 BC Scribonius Largus, court physician to Roman emperor Claudius, recommends curing headaches by placing an electric torpedo fish on the scalp. Pliny the Elder and Claudius Galen later report that similar treatment alters mood and behavior.

11 C AD Muslim physician Ibn-Sidah suggests treating epilepsy with a live electric cat fish on the forehead.1804 AD Giovanni Aldini, the nephew of Luigi Galvani, treats melancholic patients with direct currents to the head. He tests it himself and reports that it caused insomnia.

1938 AD Neurologist Ugo Cerletti of University of Rome La Sapienza develops electro convulsive therapy to subdue difficult or violent mental patients; ECT is still used to treat sever mental illness, typically with a current of about 0.9 amps.

1985 AD Anthony Barker of University of Sheffield, UK invents transcranial magnetic stimulation. Read paper.

Extracts from Bijal Trivedi’s article in New Scientist


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