tractoration

noun

trac·​to·​ra·​tion
plural -s
archaic
: a technique of therapy first used about 1796 by Elisha Perkins of Norwich, Connecticut, consisting in the operation of drawing over an affected part the points of two small rods of different metals, and held to be helpful in local inflammation or pains (as of rheumatism)

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“Tractoration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tractoration. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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