GAL­VANI’S DANC­ING FROG

History Revealed - - MARY SHELLEY FRANKENSTEIN’S MOTHER -

In 1781, Ital­ian sur­geon Luigi Aloisio Gal­vani dis­cov­ered what he called ‘an­i­mal elec­tric­ity’, or bio­elec­tric­ity, as it is known to­day. He ob­served that, when you touch a scalpel to a nerve in a dead frog’s leg, it will make the limb jump. He later found out that a spark of elec­tric­ity has the same ef­fect. He pub­lished his find­ings a decade later, by which time he de­vel­oped a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing able to make his de­ceased frogs dance.

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