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The use of electricity in physical therapy is now tightly regulated. During the early 20th century, however, people could purchase electrical batteries and perform electro – therapy at home! This Household Medical Battery was manufactured by the Voltamp Electric Manufacturing Company in Baltimore, Maryland. The home battery includes a battery, a set of handles, a set of battery cords, a pair of sponge electrodes, and a metal foot plate. Home batteries are sometimes referred to as “quack” devices. Advertisements claimed that they could cure everything from limb impairments (some of which are still treated with electro-therapy today) to commonly described symptoms, such as “weak lungs” or “sluggish liver” that could not have been treated effectively by electricity.
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