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Heath from Electricity.

A death has recently occurred at Brighton from the accidental contact of the conducting wire of the slectric lighting apparatus with the neck of one of the employes at a brewery. The deceased was “ found dead ” in the neighborhood of the fatal electrical conductor, and we are told by a report in a daily newspaper that a post mortem examination revealed perfectly healthy organs, the only abnormality in this case being “ a mark half-way round the neck as if grazed by the wire. ” With the extension of electric lighting occasional fatalities of this kind are to be expected, and the number of deaths from this cause has already been considerable. In the case recently reported there was, it is to be observed, a slight mark upon the body, and in a case which occurred in 1884 a blister was found upon one of the fingers of the deceased with which contact had been accidentally made by the machine. In other cases there has been no mark whatever, so that we may conclude that the pathological evidence of the cause of death in such cases ig almost nil. It seems to us of the greatest importance that these accidents should be carefully studied, and it would almost seem to be the duty of the Local Government Board to send a trained pathologist to attend the post mortem examination of every case which occurs, in order that a careful comparison might be established between the cases, and any points which they might present in common be duly noted.—' Lancet.’

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Heath from Electricity., Evening Star, Issue 8034, 10 October 1889

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Heath from Electricity. Evening Star, Issue 8034, 10 October 1889