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Publication numberUS1266393 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMay 14, 1918
Filing dateJan 29, 1918
Priority dateJan 29, 1918
Publication numberUS 1266393 A, US 1266393A, US-A-1266393, US1266393 A, US1266393A
InventorsHarry F Bowen
Original AssigneeHarry F Bowen
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrical awakening device.
US 1266393 A
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Elnucufoi Patented May14, 1918.

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Application filed January 29, 1918. Serial No. 214,858.

To all whom it may concern:

Be it known that I, HARRY F. BOWEN, a citizen of the United States,-residing at Canon City, in the county of Fremont and State of Colorado, have invented new and useful Improvements in Electrical Awakening Devices, of which the following is a specification,

This invention relates to an electrical awakening device, and the primary object of the same isto prevent occurrence of involuntary seminal emissions and assist in the cure of diseases by which they are caused. A further object of the invention is to provide a device of this class capable of being readily applied and effective and reliable in its preventive operation by arousing the wearer from sleep through the medium of an electric shock which will also cause a muscular relaxation without the least physical injury of the user.

The invention consists in the preferred construction and arrangement of the several parts which will be more fully hereinafter described and claimed.

In the drawing:

Figure 1 is a section through a device embody'ngthe features of the invention and showing electrical attachments.

Fig. 2 is a transverse vertical section on the line 2-2, Fig. 1.

Fig. 3 is an enlarged detail section of the one upper extremity of the improved device. Fig. 4 is an inner. end elevation of the extremity of the device shown by Fig. 3.

The numeral 5 designates a semi-flexible rubber ring having free extremities 6 and 7 separated by an opening 8. The ring 5 is readily expansible and has opposite grips or hand knobs .9 for distending the ring when applying the same. The extremities 6 and? respectively have upwardly and inwardly opening recesses or slots 10 and 11, and projecting horizontally into the lower portion of the recess 10 is a rod 12 which is an uninsulated terminal and continuation of a wire 13 partially embedded in the ring 5. Secured on the free end of the rod 12 is a contact ring 14, preferably of copper and having an inner disk 15 of suitableinsulating material, such as rubber, the ring 14 and disk 15 constitutingv a fixed circuitclosing element and is held in place and in an ad ustable manner on the rod 12 by a suitably apertured slide 16 having a set screw 17 to impinge against the rod. The

. insulating disk 15 is formed with a central Specification of Letters Patent. Patented May 1%, 1918, v

cess 11 of the said extremity 7. The rod 19 is an uninsulated terminal and continuation of a wire 20 which is also partially/embedded in the ring 5, and both wires 13 and 20 are brought around to an adjacent point and carried out through the ring and into an insulating covering or tube 21 and connected up in a manner which will be presently explained. The free extremity of the rod 19' is formed'with screw threads, as at 22, and thereon a metal disk23 is adjustably mounted, said disk being preferably dished to form a contacting periphery 24 to engage the ring 14. The disk 23 constitutes an adjustable circuit-closing element to cooperate with the ring 14 in the manner just explained, the'ring l4 and the disk 23 being movable on the respective rods 12 and 19 to effect an operation of the improved device under difi'erent expansive or size c0nditions of the organ treated and also to make the improved device more sensitively active or to operate quickly or slowly as may be found desirable or necessary. Exposed at the inner side of the ring 5 are opposed uninsulated segmental wire terminals 25 and 26 which are continuations of wires 27 and 28 also partially embedded in and passed through the ring 5 and then into the insulating tube 21. The wires 13 and 20 and 27 and 28, as well as the insulating tube 21,

may have any length desired and will be normally long enough to permit a convenient application of the improved device at a distance from the electrical controlling means which will now be explained.

The wire 20 is connected to one electrode or element of a dry battery 29 and has a switch lever-30 interposed therein for the purpose of permitting the user of the device I to throw out the battery and check the electrical influence of the apparatus on the organ treated.- The wire 13 is connected to the spring 31 of an electrical medical coil 32, the said spring being engaged by an adjustable contact screw 33 held by an arm 34 connected by a wire 35 to the remaining element or electrode of the battery 29. The wires27 and 28 are connected to the medical coil, as at 36 and 37, in a manner which will be readily understood and as clearly shown by Fig. 1.

In the operation of the device, the ring 5 is applied to the organ to he treated at the time or retirement of the user and the switch lever 30 is closed, the uninsulated exposed Wire segments 25 and 26 directly contacting with opposite portions of the organ. If

the organ assumes an abnormal condition or enlarges during sleep, the ring 5 will gradually expand, and in proportion to the enlargement of the organ the rod 9 Will move through the opening 18 or" the insulating disk 15 Within the rin 1a and gradually draw the disk 23 toward and finally in contact with the ring M, this contact oi the disk 23 with the ring 14 taking place when the organ shall have reached maximum enlarged condition. When the disk 23 engages the ring 1% the circuit will he closed and the shocking affect of the medical coil 32 will he set up and the user of the device will be instantly awakened and at the same time the enlarged condition of the organ treated will be reduced and involuntary emissions obviated. llpon awakening, the user of the improved device may readily shut oii current by opening the switch 30.

The improved device all he found enceptionally advantageou in its service and treatment and does not inconvenience the user in the least or interfere With a natural sleeping function.

What is claimed is:

1. In a device of the class specified, an expansible ring having exposed electrical contacts at inner opposing portions thereof, the ring having an opening therethrough to form movable extremities, rod terminals located in the extremities oi the ring and in part extending across the latter and having coiiperating contact means to close an electric circuit, Wires hetween the said rods and theopposing contacts in the ring, and electrical shocking apparatus connected to said Wires.

2. in a device of the class specified, a yielding ring having an opening therethrough to form freely movable extremities, circuit-closing elements associated With the said ring extremities, exposed contacts at the inner opposite portions of the ring, and an electrical shocking apparatus connected to the contact devicesand the circuit-closing elements,

3. In a device of the class specified, a yieldable ring having an opening therethrough to term movable extremities, a rod extending across the opening hetween the extremities into the one extremity and car rying an adjustable contact element, a rod extending into the opposite extremity and also carrying an adjustable contact element through which the first rod has movement, the one element being movable toward the other to close an electric circuit, contact means disposed Within the ring at opposite portions of the latter, and electrical shocking apparatus connected to the said circuitclosing elements and contact devices.

l. In a device of the class specified, an ezrpansiole ring having an opening there through and provided with free extremities, circuit-closing elements associated with the said extremities and lorought into contact with each other by the expansion of the extremities, contact devices at the inner opposing portions of the ring, and an electrical shocking apparatus connected to the said circuit-closing elements and contact devices.

In testimony whereof l have hereunto set my hand in presence of two subscribing Witnesses,

BARRY F. BOWEN. Witnesses:

HARRY G. Hnan nenr, JOHN Hnnscnm Hominy;


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U.S. Classification128/883, 128/886, 607/143
Cooperative ClassificationA61F5/0096