Definition of Perkinism in English:

Perkinism

Pronunciation /ˈpəːkɪnɪz(ə)m/

noun

(also Perkinsism)
historical Medicine
  • A method of treatment for rheumatic diseases advocated by Elisha Perkins, in which two small pointed rods, one of steel and one of brass, called ‘metallic tractors’, are drawn over the affected area.

Origin

Late 18th century. From Perkin- (in the name of Elisha Perkins, American physician) + -ism.