Dr Macaura's mechanical masager, 1905-1915.
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Manufactured by British Appliances Manufacturing Co, Leeds, Dr Macaura's mechanical masager claimed to cure many different diseases including writer's cramp and 'women's diseases'. The device was cranked like a hand drill, and the vibrating rubber tip was placed on the body surface to masage the region below. Certain forms of masage are used today to improve the circulation of the blood, which is esential to bring oxygen and nutrients, and remove waste products from all parts of the body.