Junod’s Boot

Junod’s Boot



Height: 22



Country of manufacture


Categories: Medicine, Quack Medicine


A very rare example of Junod’s Boot. The French physician Victor Junod , 1809-1881, introduced his device to the Academy of Sciences in 1833. It was essentially a form of dry cupping applied to a whole limb– there was also counterpart for the arm.  Junod made quite ambitions claims for his device. The basic principle was that it would draw blood away from general circulation and in the process reduce fever and inflammation. He also argued that it could produced syncope, thus facilitating painless surgery. These marvels were achieved by fitting the boot to the leg, holding it in place by a belt  or cloth top with a drawstring–see image from Tiemann catalog–and withdrawing air with a pump. The example on offer was made by Charriere. A good discussion of Junod’s Boot can be found on the Quack Doctor site: 


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M and R Gordon

Michael and Roberta Gordon have been dealing in medical and dental antiques for more than four decades. They have helped build a number of major private collections and have contributed to the holdings of many museums. They also deal in other scientific and technology related items, including calculating instruments, office machines, patent models and wine-related accessories such as corkscrews. ROBERTA GORDON IS A SKILLED RESTORER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH ANY INSTRUMENTS AND CASES THAT NEED ATTENTION. Feel free to contact them for details at: [email protected] or 718-541-5974