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A Dentist at the leading edge of New Technology

At least it was new technology in 1889.

The Curious Dentist
In Buffalo, New York, a dentist named Alfred Southwick kept abreast of the latest developments concerning electricity. As a medical man, he thought electricity could be useful to him in his practice, perhaps as an anesthetic. When a Buffalo man stumbled into a generator at the city’s power plant and was electrocuted, Southwick got an idea; death from exposure to electricity, he thought, was an instantaneous, painless way to die. It could be adopted by the State as a replacement for hanging.

THE ELECTRIC CHAIR – Crime Library on truTV.com.

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