Antique Medical Doctors Quack Tool -'Magneto Electric Machine' In Wooden Box. This is an original Magneto-Electric Machine which was used in Victorian times to treat nervous and various other diseases. Original paper label in the lid, cables and belt etc. It has a decorative embossed flywheel, & original crank handle.
A nice collectable piece of medical history. Measures 20cm wide, 9cm deep and 10cm high.
Untested, but appears complete and in working order. Good used condition, with some wear, discolouration, marks, scratches etc. In the 1800s, mild electric shocks were a popular treatment for a range of aches and pains, especially those associated with the nerves. Although little more than medical quackery, thousands of these machines were made.Electricity was produced using the large magnet and the strength of the electric shock was controlled by how fast the crank was turned. The ebony and brass handles were placed on the patients body to deliver the shock. To prevent the patient feeling too much pain, it was recommended that a wet sponge be placed between the handle and the body.
The item "Antique Medical Doctors Quack Tool'Magneto Electric Machine' In Wooden Box" is in sale since Saturday, August 1, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Scientific Collectables\Medical". The seller is "andrew_frost7r3b" and is located in Matlock. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.