A rare electrode for the electrotherapy, used with the Oudin resonator (early 1900’s)

A rare electrode for the electrotherapy, used with the Oudin resonator (early 1900’s)

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A rare electrode for the electrotherapy, used with the Oudin resonator (early 1900’s). In perfect condition, length 46 cm.

During the 1800s, experiments in applying electric currents to the human body grew into a Victorian-era medical field, part legitimate experimental medicine and part quack medicine, called electrotherapy. In the 1890s doctors began to experiment with applying these high voltage and high frequency currents to the human body (ethical standards in the medical profession were looser then and physicians could experiment on their patients).

An Oudin coil, also called an Oudin oscillator or Oudin resonator, is a resonant transformer circuit that generates very high voltage, high frequency alternating current electricity at low current levels, used in the obsolete medical field of electrotherapy in the early 1900’s.

 

The high voltage output terminal of the coil was connected to an insulated handheld electrode which produced luminous brush discharges, which were applied to the patient’s body to treat various medical conditions in electrotherapy. Care had to be taken to keep these far enough from the body to prevent an arc to the skin, which could cause painful RF burns.

 

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