Edison's medicine



After Thomas Edison (1847–1931), American inventor who pioneered applications of electricity. Chosen for the near-rhyme.


Edison's medicine (uncountable)

  1. (medicine, humorous) Electroconvulsive therapy.
    • 2011 March 19, Andrew Zajac, "FDA revisits risks of electric shock treatment," Los Angeles Times (retrieved 25 Jan 2014):
      They used to call it "Edison's medicine" or, with a touch of gallows humor, a "Georgia Power cocktail" — the practice of hooking mentally troubled patients up to an electrical current and jolting them until they went into convulsions.
    • 2012 May 11, "The rise of electroshock therapy: A guide," The Week (retrieved 25 Jan 2014):
      The use of electroshock as mind-erasing punishment was dramatized in the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and that negative portrayal almost served as a death knell for a practice derided as "Edison's medicine."
    • 2013 August 5, David Thomson, "Woody Allen makes a wonderful film. Really" (film review of Blue Jasmine), New Republic, vol. 244, no. 12, p. 56:
      So this woman who has had Edison's medicine (electroshock treatment) and medication, and who has the good fortune to have such a "sister" as Ginger, has lost everything.