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Medical Magneto-Electric Machine, by Joseph Gray & Co, Sheffield, c. 1880

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Inventory Number: 87991
Object Type:
Place Created: Sheffield England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1965-22
Brief Description: A magneto-electric machine used for the treatment of nervous diseases via shock therapy.  The machine consists of a set of two copper alloy gears that turn a copper alloy flywheel which is attached to a device containing two spools wrapped in velvet. As this device spins it generates electricity via the magnet that runs the length of the wooden case. The charge is then delivered to the patient by two electrodes which attach to terminals on the outside of the case. The whole machine is built into a wooden case with the handle protruding from the front. Instructions are written on paper stuck to the inside of the lid and the case is locked with a key. There is a drawer on the side of the case that contains an ebony handle, a copper alloy brush and the key.
Primary Inscriptions: 'Improved Patent Magneto-Electric Machine for Nervous Diseases'
Provenance: Purchased
Collection Group:
Material(s): Wood
Copper Alloy
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
275 157 135 mm


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