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EVER READY MEDICAL COIL, 1954
This example was made in 1954, but similar items have been around since the 1930’s. It was used to treat skin conditions such as excema or 'exema' (sic), and dermatitis as well as other skin complaints.
The voltage was produced from small batteries which would be contained within the box, the patient would feel a tingling sensation when they passed the implements over the effected area.
This item can be compared with the modern day “TENS” machine
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- According to Black`s Nursing Dictionary (1950) this type of coil was also used to pass an electric current through bathwater as a means of treating patients suffering from nervous exhaustion/nervous breakdown etc.
Actually possess an Ever-Ready model similar to your picture. Uncertain if pre 1954 though .
.......... Willie Armstrong, East kilbride, Scotland, 12th of September 2011