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D'Arsonval cage for electrotherapeutic auto-conduction, Paris, France, 1890-1910

This rather gruesome looking device is known as an electrotherapeutic cage. Electrotherapy was used for a wide range of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The patient would stand inside the octagonal cage, which was wrapped in current-carrying wire. The wire produced an electrical field, which would create strong currents within the patient's body without causing discomfort. The machine is known as a d'Arsonval cage after its developer Arsène d'Arsonval (1851-1940), a biophysicist. This examaple was manufactured by Richard Heller, Paris.

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Glossary: electrotherapy equipment - component

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