A sometimes penetrating look at antique medical quackery and electrotherapy devices
Welcome to the fascinating and somewhat creepy world of antique medical quackery and electrotherapy devices. What follows are descriptions and pictures of the various types of devices that I (and others) have been able collect over the years. I am always interested in hearing from others who collect or appreciate such weirdness and I am especially interested in sharing info and pictures of devices others have in their collections. Feel free to contact me if you have any interesting devices to sell (see want list). Please send any comments or suggestions to David Rickert at firstname.lastname@example.org
Popular-turn-of-the-century high voltage elctrotherapeautic devices that could produce anything from a pleasant tingling sensation to a “hit the ceiling” jolt of pain.
The articles in this section are written by Dean Currier. Comments and corrections to build on the history and improve accuracy are invited. He may be reached at DPCurr@aol.com
Whats ia a trade logo. A facinating description of the Waite and Bartlett company and the names and devices pictured in its beautiful electrotherapeutics catalog cover.
The Components of a Faradic Electrical Medical Machine
A Biographical History of Induction Coils
Components of the Electric Belt
A Biographical Sketch of Dr. Golding Bird a Pioneer of Electrotherapy
Some People I Have Met Along the Way
Isn’t this what it’s really about? Go ahead and jump into the collector subculture and (hopefully) find out you’re not that strange after all.
Pros & Cons