'Radiolux' high frequency apparatus, Europe, 1920-1940

Made:
1920-1940 in Europe
maker:
Unknown

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Radiolux violet ray set. Front three quarter view. White background.
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© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Radiolux violet ray set. Front three quarter view. White background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Radiolux violet ray set

Powered by mains electricity supply, this set was used to apply high frequency electrical sparks to the body using the glass vacuum electrodes. Known as violet ray treatment, the purple, red, or blue electric sparks were believed to relieve aches and pains in the muscles, internal organs and the nerves (rheumatism) by massaging the surface of the skin with the electrode. It could also be used for other medical complaints.

This was a highly popular home treatment in the first half of the twentieth century and violet ray sets regularly turn up in the attics of elderly people. Although the electrodes certainly produced a tingling sensation on the skin, these sets were of dubious medical worth.

Details

Category:
Therapeutics
Object Number:
1982-778/2
type:
high frequency apparatus
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment

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