Electrotherapy equipment

Made:
1780-1810 in London
maker:
Blunt and Son
,
Edward Nairne
and
Thomas Blunt

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Electrotherapy equipment. Front three quarter view. Grey background
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Electrotherapeutic machine invented by Nairne, 1780-1809, early 19th century; Consists of two leyden jars, two insulated applicators, rod and electroscope. The cylinders of this electrotherapy machine are turned against the leather cushion, creating an electrical charge which is then transmitted to a Leyden jar. This holds the charge, which can then be passed to a flexible conductor used to deliver an electric shock to the patient. Electrotherapy was used for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. This type of equipment was invented by Edward Nairne (1749-1806), an optical and mathematical instrument maker and natural philosopher. Electrotherapy came into popular use in England in the second half of the 1700s.

Electrotherapeutic machine invented by Nairne, 1780-1809, early 19th century; Consists of two leyden jars, two insulated applicators, rod and electroscope.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
A199299
Materials:
boxwood, brass, glass, mahogany
type:
medico-electrical instrument
credit:
Smith, S.A.

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