Duchenne Medical Induction Machine, Paris, France, 1849

Made:
1849 in Paris
maker:
Charrière

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Duchenne Medical Induction Machine, made by Charriere, Paris, French, 1849

This machine was used in electrotherapy to treat a wide range of disorders connected to the nervous system. The machine was invented in 1848 by Guilluame B A Duchenne (1809-1875), a French physician and neurologist who is considered the ‘father of electrotherapy’. He developed a machine with cloth covered electrodes, applying what he called ‘localised electrization’ to the muscles. He used an induction coil in his machine to produce the electricity. Electricity was used to treat paralysis and rheumatism in an effort to help patients regain muscle function.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A602756
Materials:
base, ebony and fittings, brass, mainly
type:
electrotherapy machine
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Pratt