Dr Macaura’s blood circulator, Leeds, England, 1890-1910

Made:
1890-1910 in Leeds
maker:
British Appliances Manufacturing Company

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Mechanical massager, Dr. Macaura's blood circulator, made by British Appliances Manufacturing Co., Leeds, English, 1890-1910

Two thousand vibrations per minute are produced by cranking the handle of this massager, which was applied to the body. Advertised as a blood circulator, the massager was claimed to cure pain, deafness, anaemia, heart disease, cramp, polio and ‘women’s problems’. It was invented by Gerald Joseph Macaura, who freely admitted his device was useless against cancer, tuberculosis and baldness. He did, however, recommended a good diet, breathing deeply and avoiding alcohol. Thousands of the devices were made and this example was produced by British Appliances Manufacturing Co, based in Leeds, England.

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Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A602752
Materials:
box, cardboard, heads (2), rubber, lignum vitae, nickel plated, steel, vulcanite
type:
massager
credit:
Sibley, F.K.
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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