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Publication numberUS2096128 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateOct 19, 1937
Filing dateApr 18, 1936
Priority dateApr 18, 1936
Publication numberUS 2096128 A, US 2096128A, US-A-2096128, US2096128 A, US2096128A
InventorsJr William E Mortrude
Original AssigneeJr William E Mortrude
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Electrophysical cabinet
US 2096128 A
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Oct. 19, 1937. W E MORTRUDE, JR 2,096,128

ELECTROPHYS ICAL CABINET Filed April 18, 1936 gmwnto'v William EMorrude,r/n

Patented Oct. 19, 1937 UNITED STATES ATET OFFICE ELECTROPHYSICAL CABINET William E. Mortrude, Jr., Seattle, Wash.

Application April 18,

4 Claims.

My invention relates to electrophysical cabinets, and certain objects of the invention are to provide a simplified electrical cabinet for the treatment of physical disorders! by means of perspiratory methods, and said cabinet having embodied therein a raisable lid or top and certain other novel features of construction and combination as hereinafter set forth.

Another object of the invention is to provide, in combination with the cabinet, an adjustable stretcher or bed member made of heavy fabric for supporting the patients body while undergoing treatment, and which may be readily removed for cleansing and sterilizing.

Another object is to provide, in combination with the cabinet, a plurality of electrical heating elements mounted in the bottom of the cabinet in a centrally restricted longitudinal trough or chamber, and with each heating element having its individual circuit and switch whereby any desired amount of heat may be supplied and directed upwardly by radiation to different parts of the patients body.

A further object is to provide shower bath means mounted in and supported by the raisable cabinet lid or top, and whereby warm water may besprayed upon the patients body for the purpose of washing off all poisonous waste that is excreted by the perspiratory means, andV also to prov-ide drapery means for preventing Contact of water from the shower with the cabinet walls.

A further object is to provide complete drainl age means for the shower whereby the water is carried olf and prevented from contact with the heating elements.

And still further objects are to provide electric vibratory means for the feet of the patient, disposed at one. end of the reclining stretcher, whereby the rapid oscillatory movement of the Yagainst the vibratorir means and results` in a entire body is caused when the feet are held.

1936, serial No. 75,111

(c1. 12s-37s) V main body portion of the rectangular cabinet, and the numeral 6 designates its lid or top. 'Ihis lid has one of its side edges hinged to the top edge of one of the sides of the cabinet, as at 1, and a side iap 8, hinged at 9 to the other longitudinal edge of the lid, rests upon a lowered or cut away side of the cabinet at I0 when the lid is in the lowered or closed position, and a patient may readily stepv into the cabinet at the lowered'or cut away side when the lid and its flap are raised as shown in dotted lines in Fig. 3. Portions of both the lid andits flap are out away and also part of the head end of the cabinet thus leaving an open space I I so that the patient may breathe fresh outside air when his head is resting upon a pillow I2 supported by the bed member or reclining stretcher which will now be described.

The bed member or reclining stretcher I3 is preferably made of a piece of heavy canvas having seamed loops I4 extending all along both of its longitudinal edge portions. These loops are passed through slots o r openings I5 provided in each side of the cabinet 5, and sticks are then passed through the loops to retain the stretcher in place. Said sticks may consistof a larger stick I6 on each side having a rib or spline extending along its central portion thus making them T-shape incross section and with Athe rib closing the slots I5 to prevent the escape of hot air from below the stretcher. Thin sticks Il. may then be jammed or wedged into the loops against kthe large sticks and the outward pull caused by the sticks draws the stretcher I3 tightly across the cabinet thus providing a firm support for the patients body. These sticks may each be cut into two pieces, as shown by dotted lines at I8 in Fig. 2, so they may be more easily handled. Both the head and foot ends of the stretcher I3 terminate short of the ends of the cabinet in order to Y.provide end spaces I9 for the circulation of hot air and water drainage. A bracket rod 20 extends transversely across the head Vend of the top 6 and one or more towels 2| may be caught around said rod and hang down to close this 'open head end portion of the cabinet and prevent excessive escape of hot air.

The heatv is generated by a plurality of heating elements mounted upon bracket supports 22 that are secured to the bottom ofthe cabinet in cen'- tral longitudinal relation. These heating elements are of the strip typewith the usual resistance coils therein for causing long wave or infra-red radiation of heat,V and I prefer to use four of same, namely a head element 23, a body element 24, a leg element 25,'and a foot element 26.YV Eachof said heating elements'nhas its own separateV circuit 21 with the-respective terminals' of each circuitV collectively connected Yto the positive andY negative sources of current supply-28, Vandreach separate circuit hasits own switch 29.

The heating elements Varecon'ined by a nfarrow central longitudinal` Ytroughor chamber 30"com prisinglsheet metalV sidewalls- 3| whereby the Yl'ieat'from the elements -isv directed upwardly and along' the body of the-patient while he is reclining ion` the stretcher I3. `Heart may Vbe directed to Y if any partof the patients body'by-mean's of the wiring of eachhejating element. For example; if

Vit is desired to heat the feet and-'head Of the patient, the two outside switches ZllfareV closed thus directing currentthrough the elements 3V Y and 26, it being understoodY that one" or allithe elements maybe used or in any desired combina- Y lying uponith'e stretcher I3 and undergoing treatnient. VSaid Y means may comprise a perforated pipe-32 connected centrallyand longitudinally to therto'p 6Y of thecabinet and having a flexible pipe 33V leading thereto-from any desired source'of Y. 30

warm-water. supply. YA cloth 34, such as'water- Y prooi difi'ck,Y may-be draped overfthe pipe 32V and 'overz rods 35Y mounted ,longitudinally VvsV/ithintheV V Vcorners of the top 6 with-its' side flaps extending 'down to the stretcher I3 for thepurpose of shielding the cabinet -walls from the water spray.

YWhen using the shower, someofrtheiwater perco- 'lates through the stretcher l3 and some of it Y through its end'spa'ces I9, Y e Y* i Y Y e Avdrainage s'ysternisV provided for carrying 01T the water and forpreventing its contact with the drains off`the endsVV of theystretcher and down heating elements. l. Said g drainage means may V comprise slanting side drainjstrips 36 fixed to the Y sidesfof the'cabinet'slightly'belowthe stretcher I3 for directing the Water in its downwardflowto the'longitudin'alcentral Yportion of the cabinet;YV 1 .Thesidewalls 3l ofjthe central troughl) partly Y e Y YYslightly above the bed membensaidivibrator comi-V Vprising a pair-,orfY foot pedalsfarranged*toibe.enfY jgaged by the feet Vof' ia patienteV when'recliningf upon the bed, Vanda motor` Vfor operating'itvhY prevent contactr of the'water withV the heating-V elements.f Sheetrmetaljplates 31, having inner longitudinal edgesixed'to the top edg'espfV said wall's'and their outer-edges xedlt'o the'sidesV of` l gthecabinet 5, extend'rfrointhe front or'heade'ndrVV of the-*cabinet in' a downwardlyslanting VdirectionV Y to a draintrough 38 fixed to the'rearor; foctend` Y of: the cabinet, andra dischargepipe 3.9 conductsV thewater away' fromcthecabinet. cover-iplrate..

40, extending from Ythe-rearrend ofithecabinet to 'Y ac communication withthe`-trough 38; ltsover the 'central chamberV orstrough. 30V` and prevents con-Y tact ofYV the Ywater with` thel heating" elements. Sonie Yrnea'ns,V suchas a cord. Atcohnected-tothi's.

il cover plate and extending throughawallfoirthe 'Y V4,cabinetjVV asfsl'iow'n'in.Y 3L maybe provided'-YV for raising'or removing -theY cover plate when the `showeris-not in use as willjbe 'underst'o'od.Y i e i I The remaining'importantrfeature of the inven l tionconsists ofVV a-vibratoryand niassagefx'neans i which isjoperated by @motor unmounted Onth rearV or root endfeil the cabinet' and electrically connected by wires'd to the lead-incurrent sup-A Y Ply Wires .2?.- .Tiielnft 44. 0f @weer isiecen'- Y Ytrcally connected in any desired; manner, as

'elongated cabinet body having ends andV a bottom z'ixed'theretoya top hinged to the body,v a reclincentral longitudinalY trough chamberin the bot- Vc a'singand supported'thereby-aV Centrallongitndi- .Y

nal throughY chamber in'the'bottorn Ofthecabif i Y net having a :normallylopen'.top;V a plurality of i' i electric heating velernentsfconfined' Withinjsafid intent,alegelementQ-and a)f'o'ot'elementY respe i H fitiv'ely Vdistributed in longitudinalrelationsandaYYY 'e separate circuit'together with''aseparateswitch,`Y` VVfor manually Yandindependently controlling-,each Y .4 heatrigfeleinent whereby-heatisdirected upWafd shown in dotted lines at 45 in Fig. 2, to a rod 46 arm. '.When the patientlies upon the canvas stretcher with his'fe'et pressed against said plates next-ending sudamy and centrauy y'mrough thereon and' the motor I2` is started,V his entire body isV` Vrapidly-vibratedgbaclyr` and-forth. His skin, however, resting upon the stretcher,'wi1l remain comparatively stationary thuscausing anabrasive or rubbing action between theskin and bodytis'suesA and resulting inathorough massage.V c Y It will nowrbe apparent that I have-provided an electrophysical cabinet that is simple' and inexpensive Vto manufacture, easy to operata andV j which Vembodiesa` numbery of Ynovel features Y adapted to increaseits eiciency ingthe ,beneficial Ytreatment of patients by perspirative means. v'I daim: n 1 VV1. An electrophysicalcabinet comprising a cab-` inet bo'cyportionV havingside's 'and ends, a rtop hinged to one of tl'lesides;v and each sideY having a slot extending itsV length,a reclining stretcher f comprising a piece Yo'fffalciric `with its YsideA edgeV portions passingrthroughtheslts, meansfforfretaining'the stretcherin'astretched;positlonfconi 'Vsisting of wooden'lstrips inserted-into seams'in' its side edges and bearing againstthe sides of the cabinetV bodyand a heating system vmounted within the cabinet below the stretcher. 2. An Yelectrophysical .cabinet comprisingan ing stretcher bed member consisting of` a piece'ofV fabric disposed acros'si'the body,heating elements mounted centrallyand 'longitudinally along the', bottom 'cf theicabinetgand'side walls formingfa torn of the'cabinetI forthe heating elements and adaptedftoidirectlieat upwardly and centrally Y Y Y. from said heating elements against thelongitudlnal center of the'rstretcher bed'mremrber.V

" i 3.V An'electrop'hysical cabinet comprising a-cas-l ing, a bed'member supportedwithinthe casing,va` i foot vibrator mounted in one endofthefcasing vibrator.

4- 'An eltrphysraflcabinet comprisingf,V casi. I

ing, aV canvas bedY member stretched across Ythe E trough forndire'cting Vneat"upwardly, said heating j elementsicomprising a lhead element; 'agbdyr 'elej 'I Yagainst Y the canvas bed 'member' for the f purpose Ywhile reclining on Vthe bed member. r

of"individual1yand collectivelyheating the difv i j Y WILLIAM E'QMoa'rRUnnjJafzl Y

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U.S. Classification601/16, 607/82, 601/49
International ClassificationA61H1/00, A61H35/00, A61H23/02, A61H33/06
Cooperative ClassificationA61H2201/0142, A61H33/06, A61H2201/0207, A61H2035/004, A61H2201/1628, A61H2205/12, A61H2201/1623, A61H2201/0228, A61H2201/0157, A61H23/0254, A61H2201/1604, A61H2201/164
European ClassificationA61H33/06