One of the
interesting tools used to help treat patients was the The
Electric-Therapeutic Treatment Machine.
Electricity has played an important part in medical treatment
for a great many years with some effective results.
The Waites-Bartlet machine (shown above) is, in fact, a hand
cranked generator. When turned at a high rate of speed it would build up enough current to
be passed through various probes and electrodes. These intruments were inserted into the
body orifices or placed externally on the patients afflicted area.
Great care had to be used to properly regulate the current
according to the need of the specific problem, and when properly used it was claimed that
many ailments, from warts to cancer, could be cured or greatly relieved with a specific
number of treatments in each case. When a low vibratory voltage was generated, it was said
to improve muscle tone. The machine could also produce x-rays.
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