The Turn Of The Century Electrotherapy Museum

Otis Historical Archives
From The National Museum Of Health And Medicine
Endless thanks to Kathleen for providing us with these magnificent photos:  we feel they should be shown in the highest resolution possible!



Physical therapy activities at the 20th General Hospital. Patient seated at a table with a woman applying an electrical [?] instrument to his shoulder. World War 2. 1st Medical Detachment. Museum and Medical Arts Services (MAMAS)



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Special surgical ambulance. 05/29/1918. Paris, France. Electric magnet used to remove pieces of metal from the eyes. Special surgical ambulance designed by Lt. Julian [Julien?] A. Gehrung, B. SC; AB; AM; MD; FACS for use by the Red Cross of Allied Armies at the front for treatment of gas poisoning, eye, ear, nose and throat. 71 rue de la Grand Armee, Paris.



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Types of electrical apparatus. McIntosh polysine apparatus for galvanic and sinusoidal electricity.



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Use of electrical apparatus. Slow sinusoidal electricity. Applying electrodes at root of splanchnic nerves in splanchnoptosis with resultant cerebral anaemia [anemia?] found in shell shock.



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Use of electrical apparatus. Bergonic chair for giving general electric treatment for psychological effect, in psycho-neurotic [psychoneurotic?] cases. WW1


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Victor galvanic and sinusoidal mounted apparatus with motor generator. Types of electrical apparatus.


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Use of electrical apparatus. Interrupted galvanism used in regeneration of deltoid muscle. [World War 1]


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High frequency vacuum tube for peripheral stimulation. Use of electrical apparatus. [World War 1]


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Use of electrical apparatus. Diathermy for fibrous ankylosis of knee, to be followed immediately by massage and manipulation. [World War 1]


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Use of electrical apparatus. [World War 1]


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Physical reconstruction. Electrical treatment in wards. [World War 1] 


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Physical reconstruction. Static treatment. Patient on left - Spinal arthritis, receiving sparks. Patient on right - catarrhal deafness, receiving effleuve. (effleuve 6 in. long can be seen plainly.)



Dr. Norman O. Brill, Consultant in Psychiatry to the Office Of Surgeon General, Department of the Army, and Consultant in Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of California (left), discusses the use of electric shock in the treatments of psychiatric disorders with Doctors Kazauhiko Abe and Masanor Shirake, rotating interns at the US Army Medical Center. Japan. 10/06/1958. Photo by SP4 [Specialist 4th Class] Allen L. Bird. Photo Branch. USA Sig Comm Agency, Japan


Captain Phyllis Strobel (Arlington, Minn), Physical Therapist, massages the muscle in the arm of patient Pvt Charles Morrison (New Richmond, Wis), in the Physical Therapy Ward, Building C14, US Army Hospital, Fort Chaffee. The machine is called an electrical stimulator and can vary the amount of current that flows into the nerve muscles of a personís body. Through this action it causes the paralyzed muscles to move, preventing them from shriveling up until the patient can move them for himself. Fort Chaffe, Ark. 02/05/1957