Around 1849, the French physician Victor Burq discovered that placing various metals on the bodies of” hysterical” women could bring about various reactions including a cure, thus giving birth to mettalotherapy. His work became quite influential and we subsequently encounter discussions in the French medical literature not only of “mettalotherapy” but also of , “mettaloscopy” and “magnetotherapy”. Today we consider it quackery but during the second half of the 19th century it was part of the physician’s armamentarium and the catalogs of mainstream medical instrument makers such as Luer contain metallic plates and discs that were meant to to be applied to afflicted areas of the body.
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