Perkinism

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Etymology[edit]

Perkins +‎ -ism, after inventor Elisha Perkins (1741–1799).

Noun[edit]

Perkinism (uncountable)

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  1. (medicine, archaic) A pseudoscientific treatment in which two pointed metal rods ("tractors") were waved over the body, supposed to cure inflammation, rheumatism, etc. by drawing off an electrical fluid.

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