Galvanism and Alchemy

Jeff Rincon and Courtney Eckley

Galvanism

Definition: the therapeutic use of electric currents


In the 1780's- 1790's and Italian physician named Luigi Galvani began experimenting the effect electricity had on dissected animals (frogs). He referred to his experiments as animal electricity, thinking he discovered a unique form of electricity.


Today in the modern study of galvanism and it's effects is called electrophysiology.

Galvani's first experiment

Alchemy

Definition: the medieval forerunner of chemistry, based on the supposed transformation of matter. It was concerned particularly with attempts to convert base metals into gold or to find a universal elixir.


The best known goals of alchemists were the transmutation of common metals to gold and silver. Based metals were used to transform into gold but it was never successful. By gathering elements you can transmute anything.


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