Electrotherapeutic machine, 1890-1910.
4 0 c m
 
33cm
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm

Electrotherapeutic machine, 1890-1910.

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Description

This machine, with an octagonal wooden frame, is known as a D'Arsonval cage, and was made by Richard Heller of Paris. In the late 18th century, Luigi Galvani (1737-1798) discovered 'animal electricity'. Nerves and muscles in animals function by tiny electrical currents, and can be stimulated by outside electricity. Soon electrical treatments were in great fashion, and were believed to be able to cure all manner of complaints, from gout to paralysis.
 

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