Home battery


Title
Home battery
Description
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.
Date
1900-1950
Original Format
equipment
Extent
Local Identifier
Country Doctor Museum
Subject(s)
Location of Original
Country Doctor Museum
Rights
This item has been made available by The Country Doctor Museum for use in research, teaching, and private study. Researchers are responsible for using these materials in accordance with Title 17 of the United States Code and any other applicable statutes. For information regarding reproduction, please contact The Country Doctor Museum at hslcdm@ecu.edu;
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