Electrocution is the often fatal effect of passing a high-energy electric current through the body. Electricity passing through the body fluid, which acts as a resistor, causes burns at sites of connection and along the electrical pathway. Convulsions and rhythm disturbance in the heart are usual; the latter are the cause of immediate death. Artificial respiration with cardiac massage must be started immediately if resuscitation is to be successful.
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