Electric shock

Aust Fam Physician. 1989 Oct;18(10):1252-6.


The problems of electrical phenomena striking the human body have been with us since early man observed the effect of lightning. The first generator was invented in the early 19th century, and commercial electricity generation began in 1849. By the early 1900s death from electric shock had been well described and its effect was thought to be irreversible. During the 1960s studies began to show that with prolonged resuscitation survival is possible.

MeSH terms

  • Burn Units
  • Electric Injuries / classification
  • Electric Injuries / therapy*
  • Emergencies
  • Heart Injuries / therapy
  • Humans