Dr. Samuel Howard Monell was a vigorous supporter of electrotherapy, claiming that just about every disease, from acne to serious internal diseases, could be cured by electrotherapy. To support his theory he published an account of a boy who was reportedly frail as an infant but grew up healthy thanks to this device. The device featured in this picture conducts electric currents; its barrel, no larger than a modern curling iron, could be plugged into any light bulb socket.


Plate XXII from High frequency electric currents in medicine and dentistry: their nature and actions and simplified uses in external treatments by Samuel Howard Monell. 1910. Credit: Internet Archive. Public Domain.



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