tractoration

tractoration

(ˌtræktəˈreɪʃən)
n
(Medicine) a medical technique involving drawing the points of two rods of different metals over the affected body part
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Fessenden employed social and political satire in A Terrible Tractoration, which ridiculed medical quackery, vivisection, animal crossbreeding, and the scientific theories of such French and English naturalists as Comte Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon and Erasmus Darwin.