Shocking Bodies

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Iwan Rhys Morus explores what the Victorians thought about electricity, a spectacular new discovery which was believed to cure sickness, restore sexual potency and raise the dead. Presenting four case studies in detail, he shows how the human body was used to help understand physics, how electricity emerged as a powerful new tool for making sense of the body and how it even provided arguments for political radicalism.

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Shocking Bodies

Shocking Bodies

Life, Death and Electricity in Victorian England

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Iwan Rhys Morus explores what the Victorians thought about electricity, a spectacular new discovery which was believed to cure sickness, restore sexual potency and raise the dead. Presenting four case studies in detail, he shows how the human body was used to help understand physics, how electricity emerged as a powerful new tool for making sense of the body and how it even provided arguments for political radicalism.

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