from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A remedial treatment, by drawing the pointed extremities of two rods, each of a different metal, over the affected part; tractoration, -- first employed by Dr. Elisha Perkins of Norwich, Conn. See metallotherapy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A mode of treatment introduced by Elisha Perkins, an American physician (died 1799), consisting in applying to diseased parts the extremities of two rods made of different metals, called metallic tractors; tractoration.


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