Elisha Perkins

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Elisha Perkins
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Born 16 January 1741(1741-01-16)
Norwich, Connecticut Colony
Died 6 September 1799 (58)
New York City, New York
Nationality British (Colonial); American

Elisha Perkins (January 16, 1741 - September 6, 1799) was an American physician and inventor of Perkins's Patent Metallic Tractors, sets of three-inch, single-pointed metal rods intended to cure various afflictions by means of "drawing off the noxious electrical fluid that lay at the root of the suffering."[1]

Selected Bibliography



  1. Young (1961), The Toadstool Millionaires, which cites as the source: Perkins, E. (1797), Evidences of the Efficacy of Dr. Perkins's Patent Metallic Instruments, Philadelphia