ANTIQUE Davis & Kidder's Patent Magneto Electric Machine Nervous Diseases 1854

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Seller: nikolakaro (79) 100%, Location: Dublin, Dublin, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 254181476469 Made by W. H. Burnap in New York, this device was used back in the mid 1800's. Encased in a Mahogany box, this device measure 10" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2 " and comes with everything as you see it and it still works!?! There is no key for it, and the lid is slightly damaged as it can be seen from the pics. This is a quack medicine device and as such won't cure anything. Do not blame me if you still have the plague or rickets after playing with this. This device is for you to look at and show off to your fiends and associates. Its a novelty piece and looks cool.Description taken from the Wood Library-Museum:Nineteenth-century Americans were fascinated by the promise and mystery of electricity. In 1854, manufacturer W.H. Burnap produced a well-known electrotherapy device that was purchased by the general consumer as well as some physicians and hospitals: The Davis & Kidder Patent Magneto-Electric Machine for Nervous Diseases. The operator of this electromagnetic generator would place handles in the patient’s hands or elsewhere on the patient’s body and then turn a crank to deliver a ‘mild’ alternating current to the patient. The force of the current depended upon the speed with which the crank was turned. The makers claimed that it could relieve pain, as well as cure numerous diseases, including cancer, consumption (tuberculosis), diabetes, gangrene, heart disease, lockjaw (tetanus), and spinal deformities. Fortunately, serious study of electricity for medicine has also taken place. Scientific investigations into the physiological and possibly therapeutic effects of electricity have led to beneficial uses, including devices used by anesthesiologists to ensure that patients receive proper doses of certain muscle relaxants, to accurately locate nerves for the safe administration of nerve blocks, and to treat chronic pain. So, the lid is broken and there is a small piece missing and its where the hinge was attached. Hinges are still there so is the locking mechanism including the top part of it but there is no key. The two handles have brass pin each connected to the end of each wire. There are two holes for the connecting pins on each side of the box. There is a hole on the front for the detachable small handle used to turn the mechanism. It works, it turns, will you get your nerves cured – who knowsJ

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