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Dietetic and Hygienic
A Monthly Journal of Physiological Medicine
THE GAZETTE PUBLISHING COMPANY
DIETETIC AND HYGIENIC GAZETTE
. AMONTHLY-JOURNAL-PHYSIOLOGIGAL: MEDICINE
Published by THE GAZETTE PUBLISHING CO., NEW YORK, January, 1912
THE INFLUENCE OF ELECTRICITY UPON LIFE.
The strides made by electricity, or on a larger scale, and with this end in view rather in man's knowledge of how to util- arranged to coöperate with Mr. R. Bomize its powers, have been so vast that there ford, the owner of an estate near Evesham, would seem to be hardly any limits to these England. Furthermore, these pioneers powers. Recently certain claims have been had the inestimable advantage of the active made for electricity which appear to the assistance of Sir Oliver Lodge, of Birman in the street extravagant. A few mingham, one of the very foremost authoriweeks ago the news came from Stockholm ties on electricity of the world. Under the that the results of investigations had shown supervision of Sir Oliver Lodge the systhe development of children to have been tem in vogue at Evesham is as follows: greatly and favorably influenced by the aid Wires are strung from insulating supports of electricity. The matter was referred to over a field of twenty-five acres sown with in The DIETETIC AND HYGIENIC GAZETTE wheat. The wires are placed at a confor October. The majority of readers of siderable distance from the ground, givthis account were perhaps inclined to scouting ample space for carrying out necessary the validity of the statements therein made. labor underneath.
It will be superfluous Of course THE GAZETTE disavows respon- to describe exactly the manner in which sibility for those assertions.
However, all the details are arranged. But it there is more than a likelihood that there be inentioned that the quantities of energy may be at least a grain of truth in such
involved are very small and consequently revolutionary pronouncements. So long free from danger. When the current is ago as 1885, Professor Lemstrom, a Swede turned on a discharge occurs from the of Helsingfors University, made the first wires to the ground. These experiments scientific experiments with regard to the liave been attended with most satisfactory influence of electricity on the growth of results so far as yield and quality of grain plants. Although these experiments were are concerned. The increase of yield was successful so far as they went, they led at 39.2 in case of Canadian wheat, and that time to no practical results. Yet un
per cent. in case of English wheat. Also doubtedly recent advances in the same field the wheat was of better quality by far than had their origin in Professor Lemstrom's that grown in the ordinary way.
experiments in the same direction by difSoon after the death of the Swedish ferent methods have been conducted sucscientist
, similar experiments were under- cessfully on fruit and vegetables in France taken by Mr. J. E. Newman, of Gloucester, and Italy. Thus the statement may be England. The early experiments carried definitely made that as regards certain out at Gloucester were of so encouraging forms of vegetable life the outcome of a nature that Mr. Newman decided to work experiments with electric currents have