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A Brief Note From 1908 About “Electric Sleep”

2 Screen Shot 2012 10 09 at 7.41.34 PM A Brief Note From 1908 About “Electric Sleep”

In the early years of automobiles, electric models were favored, and even steam-driven cars were predominant over models powered by fossil fuels. Things change. Ultimately, the internal-combustion engine proved more stable and became the king of the road.

Interestingly, electricity had a chance to make inroads in another area in which gases had proven to be unstable: anesthesia. In the nascent years of the practice, miscalculations with ether and chloroform led to deaths. No one wanted to go back to the brutality of surgery during consciousness, but there had to be a better way. Enter Dr. Louise G. Rabinovitch, who experimented successfully (and chillingly and unethically, often) with bringing a blissful unconsciousness to animal and human test subjects with electric shock. A better understanding of anesthesia made this jolting scheme unnecessary, but the doctor’s jaw-dropping reports of her experiments likely would have prevented her methods from becoming popular in any case. From an article about “electric sleep” in the September 27, 1908 New York Times:

PARIS–Dr. Louise G. Rabinovitch, the well-known New York psychoclacist, and Dr. V. Magnan are preparing another stop in their series of discoveries in electric sleep experiments, which have been safely conducted on rabbits and dogs, will be made soon on human beings, patients in the insane hospital in Paris.

Dr. Rabinovitch has been conducting her experiments with hopes of finding the means of doing away entirely with the usual anaesthetics–ether and chloroform–and so far has been very successful.

The City of Paris early in the Summer fitted up a laboratory for the hospital of Sainte-Anne, and there she has been working steadily. Already she has put a patient to sleep by electricity without performing an operation. She has also in several cases used electricity as a local anaesthetic on a part of the arm or leg and has performed a slight operation. Her intention now is, in which she is encouraged by the veteran Dr. Magnan, to perform a serious operation made under the influence of electric sleep. This will be the first time that this has been done anywhere in the world.

Dr. Rabinovitch has made some remarkable discoveries while she has been working in her laboratory, and finds no difficulty in instilling life into animals which have died on the operating table. The immense value of this discovery to physicians when patients die because of an anaesthetic can be seen at once.

One dog playing about the laboratory, the doctor told me, had been dead three times. “While under the influence of electric sleep I killed her instantly with chloroform. The heart stopped beating and respiration ceased. If the animal had been left alone then it would have remained dead, but I immediately instituted artificial respiration by means of electricity, and presently the animal started to breathe of its own accord. Again, after I had killed the dog and resuscitated it, hemorrhage set in, caused by an operation, and the dog bled to death. I brought it back to life again. The animal is at present perfectly healthy.”•

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People will honestly ask “Does that poor person deserve food?” but never ask “Does that CEO deserve ten cars, three houses, and two yachts?”

And before you respond with “the poor person is buying that food with someone else’s money”, the CEO bought those luxuries with money earned from other people’s hard work.

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Halifax, 1917.

First person account of what happened is discovered.

The biggest man-made explosion before the atomic age was the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. A French ship, SS Mont-Blanc, collided with another ship on its way into the harbor in Nova Scotia and a fire ignited its 2,925-ton cargo of explosives. The blast leveled the surrounding community and the resulting tsunami destroyed another village. Two thousand people died, and another 9,000 were injured.

One of the witnesses to the blast was Frank Baker, a sailor in the Royal Navy, who wrote about the events of that day in his diary. He passed his journal on to his son Rex before his death in 1977. Rex put the diary away and only recently rediscovered it.

“The first thud shook the ship from stem to stern and the second one seemed to spin us all around, landing some [crew members] under the gun carriage and others flying in all directions all over the deck,” Baker wrote. Sailors 150 miles out to sea heard the blast. On land, people felt the jolt 300 miles away. The shock wave demolished almost everything within a half-mile. “Our first impression was that we were being attacked by submarines, and we all rushed for the upper deck, where we saw a veritable mountain of smoke of a yellowish hue and huge pieces of iron were flying all around us.”

Frank Baker’s diary entry is believed to be the only eyewitness account of the explosion recorded on that day. Read the rest of it at Smithsonian.

WATCH: New Teaser Trailer For Tyler Perry’s New Comedy ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’!

TylerPerry WATCH: New Teaser Trailer For Tyler Perry’s New Comedy ‘Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’!
It looks like Tyler Perry is back as Madea again, and this time its for a Madea Halloween as Lionsgate brings Tyler Perry’s BOO 2! A MADEA HALLOWEEN to theaters. 
In BOO 2!, Madea, Bam, and Hattie are back for this sequel.  The gang heads to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins and the bogeyman are unleashed. Watch the trailer below:

Tiffany Haddish Makes Her First Appearance On ABC’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’!

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Bird Rub Joy

 Bird Rub Joy

Little bird enjoys human affection.

“Aww, yiss!.”
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Rapper DMX Busted On Tax Fraud Charges!

DMX Rapper DMX Busted On Tax Fraud Charges!

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper DMX has been arrested in New York on federal tax fraud charges.

Prosecutors say the rapper, whose given name is Earl Simmons, owes $ 1.7 million in taxes and has engaged in a multi-year scheme to conceal millions of dollars of income from the Internal Revenue Service.

Prosecutors say Simmons raked in millions from his songs, including the 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give it to Ya,” and avoided paying taxes by setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.

The 46-year-old Yonkers native was arrested on Thursday. He’s to appear in Manhattan federal court on Friday. A telephone call to his previous lawyer’s office went unanswered.

In 2015, Simmons spent more than two months in a New York jail for failing to pay child support.

Tyler Perry To Produce Programming For BET And Other Networks

‘Beat Shazam’ Renewed For Season 2 At FOX

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The Cargo Cults of Melanesia are derived from the late…

The Cargo Cults of Melanesia are derived from the late nineteenth/early twentieth century deliveries of cargo from Western nations.  Often delivered by plane, cargoes of food, clothing, and other goods was left amoungst the indigenous peoples, who believed the cargo was a gift from the gods.  To hasten the return of the cargo, airstrips and fake airplanes were created, and believers have rituals that mimic Western-style military drills.  Airmen who were known to have left cargo are looked upon as gods or prophets.

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A Historian Walks into a Bar . . .

Big Snuggles Between Human And Dog

 Big Snuggles Between Human And Dog

Sheer joy.

“Fluffy snuggles.”
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