Electricity lost its magic over the course the 18th and 19th centuries. The "invisible fire" steadily transitioned from a mysterious force of wonder to a mundane reality of daily modern life. In this two-part edition of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore the various electrical experiments, stunts, inventions, performances, innovations, occultisms and atrocities that transformed the tractable thunder.
The Tractable Thunder: Early Days of Electricity, Part 2
Image Caption: Dr. Francisque Crotte uses an electrical machine of his own invention to treat tuberculosis, 1901. More information on the Crotte method right here. (Photo by Leemage/UIG via Getty Images)
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